Most people who have even a passing knowledge of 3D printing are likely familiar with Thingiverse
, the 3D design files repository that grew up alongside the consumer 3D printer marketplace. After the site’s parent company, MakerBot, was bought by industrial 3D printer juggernaut, Stratasys, Thingiverse began losing some of its community spirit and pioneering charm. Ads started showing up, along with a lot of bad prints, and it has a long-in-the-tooth interface. Then, there was a massive user data breach. If only there was an alternative. There has been, for the past three years, PrusaPrinters.org, another file repository run by printer maker Prusa. But the name PrusaPrinters was confusing to consumers, many thinking that you had to own a Prusa printer to access and use the files stored there (you didn’t). So, PrusaPrinters.org has now relaunched under the clearer, more inclusive name, Printables
. This video
runs through the features on the site and they look pretty sweet.