Thingiverse is an awful name, but the community behind it shows far more creativity. Just a quick visit to the website reveals pages upon pages of nifty things people have spawned using 3D printers, complete with guidelines for replicating the objects yourself. Now MakerBot has condensed this community down into something that can fit in your pocket. With the new Thingiverse Android app, previously released for iOS back in October, users can browse, like, and comment on the expansive selection of plastic objects from anywhere they wish.

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Thingiverse is similar to Etsy, except instead of buying other people's creations, you print your own copy for free, as MakerBot encourages all members to release their designs under a Creative Commons license. Obviously you need a 3D printer to get full enjoyment out of this app, but assuming you have one sitting around, this could be just the way to break out of that rut of printing out the same tacky plastic coasters you have lying around the house.

Source: Press Release

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Daniel

    As much as I like Android Police as a website are your really going to call out Thingyverse when you are called Android Police?

    Come on.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well what kind of a name is "Daniel"? Jeez.

      • Daniel

        I'm embarrassed for you.

    • Cherokee4Life

      Android Police makes sense....
      Thingiverse doesn't..
      1) it's not a word (or at least spell check doesn't think so)
      2) it doesn't make sense, and doesn't relate to what the app does
      3) Thingverse would even be better, why the extra "i"?

      • Daniel

        It's quite hard to define exactly what it is that Thingiverse showcase. They have such a broad spectrum of items to showcase that they needed a nebulous name.

        I'm not really sure how Android Police makes sense. In what respect do they "police" Android? It's semantics really. My point is why make a point to call out a websites name as awful when yours is not really the height of intellectual creation?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          "Looking after all things Android" is the motto. And I think if you've followed us for some time, you would have seen that we try to stay true to the name and call out bullshit like fake apps as often as we can.

          • Daniel

            Artem I actually like the name and I love the site and I respect your stance but the nub of my original point is why call out another websites name when reviewing an app?

            It's just all very cheap and catty to stoop to that as your opening gambit in my opinion.

  • Julio M

    I thought this was about the MBTA.

  • VoiceofSky

    i Don't mind the name at all , but they should of opted out of the extra "i" and just stuck with "Thingverse" or similar .. can barely even see the "i" ..oh well,still not aweful like you put it .. seen way worse on the play store.