10 Best Places to Find 3D Models

As exciting as 3D modeling can get, most 3D printer users have no experience with 3D modeling, itself, through design software. Even those of us who do have a lot of experience with CAD often prefer to just find our files online if we can (which we almost always do). So, in an effort to make our users’ 3D printing experience easier and more enjoyable, we have researched numerous websites with readily available 3D designs and ranked M3D staff's favorites in the list below.

Once you have your model, if you are looking for a free, simple solution to work with your 3D models, M3D’s software just might be what you need. It’s used for uploading models (any .STL or .OBJ file), and adjusting their size. It’s also fully supported by our Support Team. If you want to dabble in the world of 3D design yourself, definitely check out our curated list of recommended software to find the one that perfectly meets your needs.

Without further delay, here’s where you can go find some awesome 3D models!


10. Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/ 

“Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.”

Best for:
A weekend project

Pros:
Free
Has very detailed plans for fun projects virtually anyone can do
Projects have been proven to work, no taking chances!

Cons:
Small raw number of printable files
Not dedicated to 3D printing

 

9. 3D Builder: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/3d-builder/9wzdncrfj3t6

“View, capture, personalize, and print 3D models using 3D Builder."

Best for:
Making any 3D content printable

Pros:
Free
Automatically repairs models
Allows users to take pictures with a webcam and make them 3D, or use BMP, JPG, PNG, and TGA files

Cons:
Only available for Windows OS users

 

8. CGTrader: https://www.cgtrader.com/ 

“CGTrader is a 3D model marketplace for computer graphics and 3D printing, backed by a strong designer community"

Best for:
Computer graphics, 3D printing and virtual reality

Pros:
Free and premium (reasonably priced) 3D models available
Backed by a strong professional designer community
Offers a wide collection of high-quality 3D models 
Enterprise and business customers can hire a designer for a custom job
Gives an opportunity for talented 3D designers to showcase their work, get valuable feedback from the community, learn from peers and interact in a designer-friendly environment
Helps other businesses to generate business leads and increase the brand awareness.

Cons:
Not all 3D models are free

 

7. Cults: https://cults3d.com/en 

“Discover and share free 3D files for 3D printing. Download 3D printed designs on Cults from the best 3D modelers and artists.”

Best for:
Interaction with 3D printing fans

Pros:
Marketplace that connects designers and people who want to 3D print some objects.
3D models are of great quality and very well designed
Available in different languages (English, French, and Spanish) and currencies (US Dollars and Euros)
Promotions category allows visitors to find coupon codes to buy 3D printers, filaments, 3D scanners and many other accessories at the best prices

Cons:
Not all 3D models are free

 

6. Pinshape: https://pinshape.com/

"Pinshape is a thriving 3D printing community & marketplace full of quality 3D printable files. Sell & share your designs, or download 3D files to print now!"

Pinshape is a very well curated and extremely large collection of high quality models. It has a fair bit of premium content, but most of the site is comprised of free models. They boast more than 70,000 active contributors so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Best for:
Designers: Sharing and selling their 3D printable designs
3D Printer users 

Pros:
A very well curated and extremely large collection of high quality models

Cons:
Not all 3D models are free

 

5. MyMiniFactory: https://www.myminifactory.com/ 

"At MyMiniFactory we truly believe that with the use of 3D printing, talented 3D designers are going to usher in the next revolution in creativity and innovation."

Best for:
Quickly finding an interesting model that is guaranteed to print

Pros:
Free
Everything is guaranteed to print, no trial and  error
Tested 3D printable objects created by talented designers from around the world
Allows users to share their ideas and designs
Acts like Vimeo or SoundCloud; allowing designers, makers and users alike to upload their content and share it with the world

Cons:
Smaller repository size than other sits

 

4. 3DSHOOK: http://www.3dshook.com/

“Choose from over 1600 products and 6000+ models to 3D print, Tested, Exclusive and Designed by Pros.”

Best for:
Gifts

Pros:
Free trial
Huge selection of great models

Cons:
Not free, pricing is based on the number of designs downloaded or subscription chosen

 

3. GrabCAD: https://grabcad.com/

"GrabCAD is the hub for digital manufacturing."

GrabCAD was set up by mechanical engineers to make development of new products faster and easier. They have an insanely large database of files, and though not all of these specifically designed for 3D printing, the number of .STL files you can find is mind-boggling. GrabCAD has some of the coolest prints you will find.

Best for:
Developing new products faster

Pros:
Free
Cloud-based collaboration
Helps engineering teams manage, view, and share CAD files
3D printing solutions
Free CAD models
The number of .STL files you can find is mind-boggling
Access to the world's largest community of engineers and designers

Cons:
Not all of the CAD files available were designed specifically for 3D printing

 

2. Yeggi: http://www.yeggi.com/ 

“Find hundreds of thousands of printable 3D Models worldwide!”

Unlike the rest of the sites on this list, Yeggi isn’t a file repository. Instead, Yeggi is a search engine used to crawl other repositories and find what you're looking for. It’s the google of 3D models. If you ever want to just look at all these sites at the same time, use yeggi.

Best for: 
Searching 3D model repositories

Pros:
Free
Offers a collection of 3D Models from all platforms and communities for 3D printing
Allows you to search through all 3D model websites at the same tim

Cons:
Does not have any original or exclusive content

 

1. Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/ 

“Thingiverse is a universe of things.”

Best for:
Everything :)

Pros:
Free
No need to sign up
The biggest and most useful 3D model repository on the Internet
Massive and extremely active user base 
New content is constantly being updated

Cons:
N/A

Posted in Helpful on Jun 09, 2016

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