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UltiMaker announces a major update to the Thingiverse platform

Thingiverse – the largest platform with free 3D printing models, is to undergo a fundamental change. After last year’s merger of its owner – the American MakerBot – with the Dutch Ultimaker, only minor updates were introduced on Thingiverse. Now UltiMaker announces its comprehensive redesign.

As of June 2023, Thingiverse operates under the new name “Ultimaker Thingiverse” and bears the logo of the merged companies. In addition to some technical improvements, the website has been given a more modern look. Other updates included optimization of the 3D model browser and notifications for logged in users. October 2 this year however, there is to be a comprehensive change.

Despite its leading position, Thingiverse has seen little development in recent years, gradually falling behind, among others, Printables, developed by the Czech PRUSA Research. Additionally, in October 2021 – before MakerBot merged with Ultimaker, the platform was hacked and a 36 GB backup file was stolen, which contained 228,000 unique email addresses and other information enabling the identification of people with a Thingiverse account.

Source: www.thingiverse.com

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