BROOKLYN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As of today, the MakerBot® Thingiverse® app options just got a whole lot more mobile. Thingiverse users can now download the Thingiverse Android app, which has the same functionality as the iOS Thingiverse app, launched in October 2013. The iOS Thingiverse app has become very popular and Apple recently selected the app as “One of the Best New Social Networking Apps.” Thingiverse is MakerBot’s global design community that features more than 200,000 downloadable digital files.
The new MakerBot Thingiverse Android app will have the same features as the iOS app, which includes the ability to easily search and explore Thingiverse from the comfort of… everywhere! The app lets you browse featured 3D designs, and new and noteworthy items, which have been selected by the Thingiverse community based on popularity. When viewing 3D designs, the user can scroll through beautiful slideshows of detail photos. Like, collect and quickly share directly from the app to your social networks or email them to friends.
“Bringing Thingiverse functionality to the fingertips of our community has always been a goal of ours,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “And now with the Android version of the app added to the already popular iOS version, Thingiverse users can access their favorites 3D models, collect and share them and view them on an Android or iOS device, whether at work or play.”
Some of the great features of the new Thingiverse Android app include uploading and sharing photos, which can be used to update profile and cover images from your phone. A Dashboard offers a carousel of featured things and Dashboard updates. The Explore function allows you to scroll through the latest and greatest things on Thingiverse and see new and noteworthy items uploaded to the site, featured items, popular items, made items, and have the ability to like and add items to your collections, then share with your social networks. There are also Thing detail screens that have photos of items, full screen slideshows of the designs, descriptions, instructions and license information. The User profile offers cover images, a custom avatar and description of the Thingiverse member; you can also follow other users, and see designs and made things based on profiles. Search is also included so you can find your favorite designs and search on topics or browse through the expansive Thingiverse library. When you print an item from Thingiverse, the app also provides an opportunity to take a photo, upload it and associate the image with a Thingiverse thing from your download history, collections, favorites or search. Thingiverse settings are also accessible via the app.
The 1.1 update for iOS is also coming soon and has been submitted to the Apple App Store for approval. The iOS 1.1 update includes the ability to add photos to thing designs or MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner scans posted to Thingiverse; the ability to browse your own collections and favorites in your user profile or browse collections in all user profiles; view and respond to comments on thing detail pages; and receive push notifications when new designs are published to Thingiverse or a MakerBot Digitizer scan is published, as well as the ability to easily add your own photos or respond when a user follows you.
MakerBot’s Thingiverse is the 3D Design Community for discovering, printing and sharing 3D models. MakerBot believes Thingiverse is the best and largest place to discover and print 3D models and contains the world’s largest 3D printing community with more than 160,000 members and 200,000+ and growing downloadable digital designs of free 3D models. MakerBot’s Thingiverse website and app are a great place to learn about 3D printing, share ideas, customize 3D prints, remix and collaborate. There are even MakerBot Thingiverse superstar designers that share their design files, which you can download, print, share and get inspired.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives accessibility and rapid adoption of 3D printing and includes: Thingiverse.com, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot Replicator line of Desktop 3D Printers, MakerWare software, MakerCare, the MakerBot retail store, and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics’ “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012,” Popular Mechanics’ “Editor’s Choice Award,” Popular Science’s “Product of the Year,” Fast Company’s “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics,” and many more. Join the Next Industrial Revolution by following MakerBot at makerbot.com.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM® and PolyJet® 3D printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1,700 employees, holds over 500 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: stratasys.com or blog.stratasys.com.
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