3D model platforms review

By now, there are tons of 3D model platforms out there competing for models and users. While we are glad that this is happening, it also means that there are a lot of websites offering…let´s call it suboptimal…models for 3D printing. So we at 3DMarkt.at thought, we will help you out a bit and tell you which ones we like and use regularly.

Top 3 best 3d model platforms 2015

For the enthusiast, who demands quality models: CGTrader.com

As one of the few platforms out there CGTrader has understood the need to differentiate between 3D models and 3D printable models. There is nothing more frustrating than downloading a model, having to repair it and then have print errors after 5hrs of printing anyways because you missed something.

While most platforms just offer 3D models without checking them for printability, as those models can also be used for games, virtual reality, etc. CGTrader actually takes the effort to separate the great 3D models from the great printable 3D models. The choice is really extensive by now, the models are of high quality and you can even negotiate the price, if the model is not for free anyways. Also, you can offer your own models for download and earn royalties on them. So check them out!
For the engineer, who needs special parts:  Tracepartsonline.net

This is the place to find that special “Rodless toothed belt cylinders with adjustable slide guideway ZR-25, ZR-40” for your pneumatic control…and who wouldn’t need that. But seriously, if you need any engineering part or spare part, this is probably your best bet. Here is what they say about themselves:

“The TracePartsOnline.net CAD portal is freely available to millions of CAD users worldwide, with hundreds of supplier catalogs and 100 million CAD models and product datasheets suitable for the Design, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Maintenance processes.”
For the hobbyist, who wants to print something entertaining: Thingiverse.com
“As the world's largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience.”

That is a great attitude indeed.  Thingiverse does have a ton of objects that are quite fun to print, so if you want a vase, a birdhouse or a phone cover, check it out. The only problem with it at the moment is, that many…and I mean many…of the objects we downloaded from there had some kind of errors. So you do have to know how to repair a damaged model and sometimes that can be a quite dreadful process. But give it a try anyways.

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