Printable part sources
Below is a table listing online repositories of 3D model files.
- The goal of this page is to provide a current, comprehensive, and impartial list of online repositories of 3D model files.
- All are welcome to edit this list.
- If there are any missing fields in the table, please feel free to update.
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All the Websites!
|3D Part Source||Live||1|
|3D Printed Instruments||Live||Aggregator of musical instrument designs|
|The 3D Studio||Live|
|Bld3r||Live||Register||Free||CC +more||Open, AGPL||Bld3r also aggregates objects and tutorials from other sites. Can be slow at times.||Independent|
|British Geological Survey||Beta||N/A||?||fossils|
|CADyou||Dead||Site is dead, domain for sale, as of 4 Mar 2015||1|
|Cubehero||Live||Register||Free||Public Domain and Creative Commons||Some||version control, OpenSCAD and STL previews, group discussions||1|
|Embodi3D||Live||Register||Free||Creative Commons||Anatomical, Biological, and Fossil Models, Forums, Blogs, Biomedical maker community|
|FAB Fabbers||Down||Register||Free||TBD - Seems your GitHub license applies.||Upload from GitHub repository. Their CDN connection seems to be down as of 4 Mar 2015. So files cannot be downloaded, and pages render in a broken manner (without images etc).||Independent|
|Forme It||Dead||No DNS record as of 4 Mar 2015. Domain is still registered, though.||1|
|SketchUp 3D Warehouse||Live||Trimble Navigation|
|Instructables||Live||search for "3D printing"||1|
|Libre3D||Live||Register||Free||Public Domain and Creative Commons||Adrian Bowyer (Inventor of RepRap) is a board member. 3D Models (STL and SCAD) are downloadable and attributed.||Independent|
|MakerLove||Live||NSFW, adult themed|
|NASA 3D Models||Live||N/A||Free||spacecraft models, 'Made In Space wrench'|
|NIH 3D Print Exchange||Live||N/A||Free||anatomical and biological models, labware, molecules||U.S. Department of Health & Human Services|
|OpenBuilds||Live||Register||Free||Instructions and build files for 3D Printers, CNC Routers, Laser Cutters/Engravers, and more|
|Parametric Parts||Live||Register||Mix||CC & commercial||Some||Parametric scripted models through CadQuery, based on FreeCAD|
|Pinshape||Live||Mix||Mix||CC, Personal, Secure Streaming||Focused solely on files for 3D printing|
|Pirate Bay Physibles||Live||Free||Free||NSFW, Downloads via BitTorrent. May be down in your jurisdiction at times - you'll have to search for a proxy if you really want to use it.||1|
|Repables||Live||Register||Free||CC and GNU +more||1|
|ShapeDo||Live||Register||Free||CC License||See the "Community Edition" link at the top of the page|
|Sketchfab||Live||Register||Mix||primary emphasis on embedded 3D viewing||1|
|Smithsonian X 3D||Beta||N/A||Register||fossils and artifacts||Smithsonian Institution|
|Stanford 3D Scanning Repository||Live||N/A||Free||Full attribution requested. Website states: "not to be used for commercial purposes ... without our permission."||Home of the 'Stanford bunny' and other iconic 3D models. Files in PLY format.||Stanford|
|STLhive||Live||Register||Mixed||STLhive owns all intellectual rights on their designs, but encourage users to modify them at which point the user owns the design.||STLhive designs all of the content offered. STLhive has many models designed to be finished by makers. For Students, Hobbyists and Inventors. Free Models||Independent|
|Thing Tracker Network||Early Live||N/A||N/A||See Thing Tracker Viewer here: http://thingtracker.net/tools/viewer/||1|
|Thingiverse||Live||Register||Free||CC and GNU +more||Some||1, 2||Makerbot/Stratasys|
|Turbosquid||Live||Register||Mix||Licensing terms and conditions are often unclear.||A commercial site with much free content.||1|
|Yeggi||Live||N/A||Mix||3D model aggregator/search engine. Users can submit sites to add to the engine. API available.||1||Not stated|
|Yobi3D||Live||N/A||N/A||3D model search engine. Provide a built-in viewer to see models in 3D.||1|
|YouMagine||Live||Register||Free||BSD License, Creative Commons, GPLv3, and GNU-LGPL||They state that "everything you upload will remain your intellectual property which we encourage you to share"||Ultimaker|
Current state of the website: Early Dev, Early Live, Live, Dead, or Down.
What are the requirements to upload a file? Options are Register, Pay, Mix (in case it depends), or Free. Free is only for no-strings-attached unlimited registration-free uploading.
On the list here you will find a mixture of websites that provide printable part files completely free, for a monetary charge, or a mixture of the two. Other options include "Register". Free is only for no-strings-attached unlimited registration-free downloading.
When uploading or downloading files from part repositories be aware of the licensing that has been selected for the model. Some websites allow users to pick from multiple licenses with others specifically forcing one license. Be aware that some licenses do not allow use by commercial entities.
For more information on licensing check out: Creative Commons and GNU.org. If the repository/marketplace you are using does not allow or use CC or GNU licensing be sure to read through their FAQ or Terms of Service.
Website Source Code
Does the website make available the source code that runs it? With the Free Open Source Software and Hardware nature of RepRap it is nice to see websites also following principals.
Any extra notes about the repository/marketplace that doesn't fit in the other current feature categories.
Reviews & Discussion
Links to reviews and discussion about the website. A review can be in a RepRap forum thread, on a RepRap wiki page (see Printing Material Suppliers for example review templates), or on an external site (e.g. blog post or forum thread).
Is the website affiliated with or owned by another company?
Relevant Forum Threads
- 37 Marketplaces to Share, Buy, and Sell Designs for 3D Printing
- 3D Printing and the Importance of Attribution
- What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?
- 3D Printed Copyright Infringement is Still Copyright Infringement
- The Intellectual Property Implications of Low-Cost 3D Printing
- When Copyright Can Kill: How 3D Printers Are Breaking the Barriers Between “Intellectual” Property and the Physical World
- Possibilities for 3D Printing Musical Instruments, from 3d Printed Instruments