Thingiverse has some critical competitors. There’s a brand new library of 3D printable recordsdata on the town, besides it’s not new in any respect. It’s Printables.com, previously generally known as PrusaPrinters.org.
Joseph Prusa and his Prusa Analysis group needed to create a spot to deal with high-quality 3D fashions and make it open for folks utilizing any model of 3D printer. Though .stl recordsdata may be reproduced by any 3D printer, some makers weren’t positive if they’d be welcome on a web site that additionally sells the favored Prusa MK3S+, which is among the greatest 3D printers.
By renaming their file library, Prusa Analysis is making it clear that Printables.com is a group hub for everybody who enjoys 3D printing.
The fast-loading web site stays advert free. Regardless of being run by a number one producer of 3D printers, there are not any adverts for his or her printers, filament and resin. Solely a small merchandise on the menu labeled “Prusa Eshop” reminds customers that, they too, might personal a Prusa.
Prusa Analysis step by step rolled out adjustments to its web site, beginning in December 2021 when it introduced some extent system to reward frequent guests. Folks might rack up factors by importing designs, posting pictures of their makes and creating collections of fashions. Designers are additional rewarded when different makers obtain their designs.
These factors are known as Prusameters and when you “fill a roll” with 350 factors, you get a voucher for a free roll of Prusament filament. Factors can be exchanged for Prusa-branded mugs, hats, shirts and hoodies.
Printables.com customers are additionally rewarded with digital Badges that they will show on their profile pages. The badges are awarded like recreation ranges, with ranges for Designers and Makers. There are additionally badges for frequent guests, contest winners and extra.
The brand new web site additionally options themed contests, with Prusa printers and Prusameters given out as rewards. The contests not solely create pleasure for the group, however in addition they encourage designers of all ranges to fill the Printables.com library with high quality new recordsdata.