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General Thingiverse FAQ

Sep 1, 2016 - Modified Sep 1, 2016

Thingiverse General FAQ

General

  • What is Thingiverse?
  • What are Things?
  • What are Collections?
  • What are Remixes?
  • What are Makes?
  • What are Likes?
  • How do I download a design?
  • How do I tip a designer for their work, and do they receive 100% of the tip?
  • I found an offensive Thing that I don't think should be on Thingiverse, what should I do??

    Groups

  • What are Groups?
  • How do Topics get pinned?

    Tips

  • What are Designer Tips?
  • How do I tip a designer for their work directly, and do they receive 100% of the tip?
  • Why is the minimum tip amount for user-to-user tipping set to $3?

    Issues with the site

  • I'm trying to reset my password and it's not working, how do I do it?

    General

    What is Thingiverse

    Thingiverse is a community of makers, hobbyists, educators, professionals, and many others who all have a passion for turning digital designs into real life objects via 3D printing and other methods! Thingiverse allows its community members to upload, share, and discuss digital designs and projects.
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    What are Things?

    Things are digital designs/files and instructions that can be turned into a real life physical object.
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    What are Collections?

    Collections operate like folders and allow users to save Things they might be interested in for future use and organize them into different collections.
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    What are Remixes?

    Remixes are digital designs that have been "remixed", or modified in some way, from an original digital design. Users are free to remix other user's digital designs as long as the license on the original design allows for derivatives.
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    What are Makes?

    When someone successfuly makes a design from Thingiverse in real life, they can post a Make showing their result. Makes typically consist of a picture of the result and some details on how they made it such as their 3D Printer Settings. Makes are a great way to show appreciation for a user's design and show other user's what kind of results they can expect. And there's nothing like that feeling when someone first posts a Make of one of your designs!
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    What are Likes?

    Likes are a way to show a user that you like their design, without necessarily collecting it or downloading it. The more Likes the better!
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    How do I download a design?

    To download a design, simply click the Download All Files button on the Thing page to download all of the files. You will see a dialog appear which explains the license and usage limitations of the Thing, in addition to the option to tip the user if you want to show appreciation for downloading their Thing. Which is highly encouraged! At the same time, you should see a zip file containing the Thing's file appear in your browser's download folder. Alternatively, if the Thing has multiple files as a part of it, you can download files individually by clicking on the "Thing Files" tab where you can see all of the individual files available for download.
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    How do I tip a designer for their work, and do they receive 100% of the tip?

    You may tip a designer or an app developer because you like their work, find their app useful, think their a good community member, or any other reason. To do so, there are a number of locations to tip a user: 1) On Thing pages there is a "Tip Designer" button; 2) On user profiles there is a "Tip Designer" button; 3) On App information pages there is a dollar symbol button; 4) When downloading files from a Thing, there is a "Tip Designer" button. Designers always receive 100% of the tip amount, minus payment transaction fees that are charged by PayPal.
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    I found an offensive Thing that I don't think should be on Thingiverse, what should I do?

    Thingiverse has certain rules relating to weapons and offensive content. To understand those rules please read our Terms of Service . In general, obscene content and weapons that are capable of being turned into a real weapon, as opposed to a prop, are not allowed on Thingiverse. If you have found a Thing that you believe violates our Terms of Service, then please report it by clicking the "Report Thing" button on the Thing's page and our administrators will review and takedown the content as appropriate.
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    Groups

    What are Groups?

    To download a design, simply click the Download All Files button on the Thing page to download all of the files. You will see a dialog appear which explains the license and usage limitations of the Thing, in addition to the option to tip the user if you want to show appreciation for downloading their Thing. Which is highly encouraged! At the same time, you should see a zip file containing the Thing's file appear in your browser's download folder. Alternatively, if the Thing has multiple files as a part of it, you can download files individually by clicking on the "Thing Files" tab where you can see all of the individual files available for download.
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    How do Topics get pinned?

    Thingiverse has certain rules relating to weapons and offensive content. To understand those rules please read our Terms of Service . In general, obscene content and weapons that are capable of being turned into a real weapon, as opposed to a prop, are not allowed on Thingiverse. If you have found a Thing that you believe violates our Terms of Service, then please report it by clicking the "Report Thing" button on the Thing's page and our administrators will review and takedown the content as appropriate.
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    Tips

    What are Designer Tips?

    Designers can now receive money for their work via 2 different methods: Thingiverse Apps or User-to-User Tipping. Since Thingiverse Apps now allow payment for services, we ensured designers could receive a share of revenue when their design is used in a purchase. To do this, we've introduced designer payments where designers can receive a payment when their Thing is used in a purchase. These payments can be setup as either a mandatory payment or optional tip, which would let the customer leave a tip if they choose to. Users can also tip each other directly with User-to-User Tipping. User-to-User Tipping is optional and cannot be made mandatory. We at Thingiverse believe that 3D designs should always be available to download for free, and therefore User-to-User tipping will always be optional. 100% of designer payments will always go to the designer, minus transaction fees, if applicable (see question below for more details).
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    How do I tip a designer for their work directly, and do they receive 100% of the tip?

    You may tip a designer or an app developer because you like their work, find their app useful, think their a good community member, or any other reason. To do so, there are a number of locations to tip a user: 1) On Thing pages there is a "Tip Designer" button; 2) On user profiles there is a "Tip Designer" button; 3) On App information pages there is a dollar symbol button; 4) When downloading files from a Thing, there is a "Tip Designer" button.
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    Why is the minimum tip amount for user-to-user tipping set to $3?

    Payment processing companies like to charge big fees. We determined that the minimum tip amount that gave as much money to the user, without losing an unreasonable amount to fees, was $3.
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    Issues with the site

    I'm trying to reset my password and it's not working, how do I do it?

    There was a known bug on Thingiverse in the past which caused user accounts to be duplicated leading to potential issues resetting passwords. If your password is not resetting, please try doing so on another browser and if it still does not work, then submit a Thingiverse support ticket to have it reset manually.
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DEAR SIR, I HAVE DOWNLOADED ONE HOUSE OBJECT FROM THINGEVER WHICH CONTAIN FILES LIKE
DACH BACK LEFT,
DACH BACK RIGHT,
DACH FRONT LEFT,
DACH FRONT RIGHT,
ERDGESCHOSS BACK LEFT.......,etc
I HAVE PRINTED ALL THE OBJECT GIVEN IN DOWNLOADED FILE, NOW I NEED TO JOIN ALL PARTS FOR THAT I WANT ACTUAL IMAGE OF THAT HOUSE, SO HOW WILL I GET IT PLZZZZ HELP, I SEARCHED BUR NOT GETTING ME, NEED YOUR HELP FOR SAME.
WAITING YOUR REPLY,
THANK YOU.

How do I add a moderator to my growing group?

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The search function of this website sucks way hard and needs a total overhaul or something because when i search big cup it comes up with Quadcopter rotors and "Tardis Transformer Toy" and things that have nothing to do with cups so its a total waste of my time to be looking through this website with no sense of direction because I have to just come across everything because the search function is worthless.....

Could somebody make a stapler model? I've looked everywhere for on, even off of this website and there isn't one.

The fact that u can't find one probably tells its own story. Some of the components would almost certainly have to be metal and you'd need a hight degree of position for it to work properly.
why were u so keen to find a stapler anyway?

I want to print one, but I finally found one after searching on the web "STL Stapler." I don't know if it would really function well, but I'm going to test it and I'll probably tell you what happened, at least if it works.

do keep me posted, i'd b interested. Is it 100% printed plastic?

Mar 10, 2017 - Modified Mar 10, 2017

This is the url https://grabcad.com/library/stapler--17. I hate this website, I have to say. Despite all the flaws that Thingiverse has, they all seem minor after using this piece of garbage site. But at least it got me a functioning stapler. The file for it is also here now because as I stated in the description, Thingiverse is a far superior site. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2166749

Mar 10, 2017 - Modified Mar 10, 2017

it clearly wasn't designed with 3d printing in mind. i have grave doubts about how youed even print it, let alone how this would actually perform if u were to printed it.
If i were u, I would try designing a very very basic stapler of your own, if u can get it to work then maybe design further

Mar 10, 2017 - Modified Mar 10, 2017

I think I could get this to print, but you are right, it probably wasn't designed with 3D Printing in mind, but I guess you could design a shell and use the parts from an existing stapler. I would design one, but I don't really have the correct software to truly design anything, I have tried Sketchup, but I can't get the lines to stay on the same axis. Is there a software you recommend that is free?

im not really familiar with any free packages, so i can't recommend any. But it sounds to me like u migh just need to find some tutorials on how to use sketchup, maybe see what's on youtube or the SketchUp home page .

How do I remove an item I've added to my collection? I don't see any delete button/function? Thanks

There is a button on top when you view your collection that is "Edit Collection" I think. Click that, then hover over the item and there should be a "Remove" button or something like that.

That's it, got it. Thanks

I went to edit a post I made in a Group, and it got flagged for moderation. I'm the owner of the group.
http://www.thingiverse.com/groups/reprapguru/topic:11766
Why was it flagged? And who does this moderation?

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Jan 28, 2017 - Modified Jan 28, 2017
MalcolmRichmond - in reply to mikeliss

When I post a thing, sometimes the STL shows up in Thingiview, other times it just shows "There Are No Images Here," is there a way to manually put it on Thingiview? Also, and this is one of the most annoying bugs EVER, when you use the back button this 404 "You have reached the end of the Thingiverse..." page shows up. On occasion you can use the back button, but because of how thingiverse is set up, it severely diminishes its usability.

hu! :-/
I see that last question got answered in 3 houses. I posted my question over a week ago and still no reply.
Pretty poor show Mike.

I didn't understand what the exact question was, this is a large website and we have a team of software developers who are constantly deploying new features/fixes/improvements and as with all software there will always be bugs and issues that occur. Not to mention we are constantly getting questions saying "XYZ is broken, please fix it" and if we answered every one we wouldn't have time to actually fix anything.

How do you delete items you have created off of your profile?

Find the Thing you want to delete, click "Edit Thing" and on the edit page there is a red button that says "Delete Thing".

Thank you!

....and most recently, when making posts, like this one, there is a big delay between pressing the Post Replay button and the post appearing, as a result people press the button repeatedly and post the same thing half a dozen times.

I repeat, what is going ion with this website?

Is there somewhere we can get answers about current issues with the site?

Specifically there was and may still be an issue with uploaded stl files taking ages to appear as images and Thingview. More recently half the thumbnails images for everything on the entire site seem to have vanished.
what is going on?

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