It appears that Joseph Prusa is going to compete with Thingiverse with his own 3D model repository. Good news. Joseph truly believes in open source while Makerbot, the owner of Thingiverse, betrayed the open source community in the past.
Possibly. We'll see if it gets any traction. I usually search youmagine first then go to thingiverse if I don't find what i'm looking for.
@avolkov @kelbot I explored Youmagine a little bit more and found that Thomas Sanladerer is using it too. I find this encouraging since he's a big name in the 3D printer industry. Also judging by the views on some projects the number of users appears to be bigger than I initially thought. I don't know about the support but I imagine that it's hard to get an email reply on Thingiverse.
After a quick overview, I see two drawbacks with Prusa's Prints sharing site:
1 - no 3D stl viewer - really? How could they not implement this right from the start?
2 - Model file formats seem only to support polygon mesh formats? I couldn't find any FAQ. A website that does not allow to provide actual *source* files (*.FCStd being my preference or *.STEP, or even *.scad) is nothing but DOA.
@normandc I agree with both points. For the second I would like to add that Prusa as an open source company should give users the options to exchange their source files.
Since Prusa just started the repository I just hope they'll add both features in the near future.
I wish that independent 3D printer hardware companies would have put their business interests aside and shared resources to propose a unified file sharing platform as a counterweight to the Thingiverse behemoth. Prusa's website is just a duplication of energy... Imagine a "Youmagine" backed by Ultimaker, Prusa and Aleph Objects...
@normandc Or a fully independent federated repository. Given the succes of Mastodon I'm beginning to believe that it could be possible. Lots of tech savvy 3D printers out there.
It's based on Gitea and has a FreeCAD & STEP document 3D viewer. For example: http://www.cadracks.org/gflorent/FreeCAD-Library/src/branch/master/Furniture/Chairs/IkeaLikeChair.fcstd
@normandc I hadn't heard of it but a collaborative open source tool for CAD projects is very intriguing. It's early days but I hope this will gain traction.
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