www.openthingie.com - soon to serve YOU!

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www.openthingie.com - soon to serve YOU! by volunteerlabrat Sep 20, 2012

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I'm leaving Thingiverse after seeing updated Terms of use thingiverse.com/legal. Looks like they are being serious claiming rights over all our designs.

As a result I've just bought the domain:



I have started developing the automatic STL file preview generator. Rendering of STL files 100% serverside by pure php scripting. See a demo by following the link below. The script has a partially implemented alpha blending algorithm, hence the rendering is a bit bogus:


I will post more as development progress.

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Can honestly say my content, current and future, is staying on Thingiverse. Not sure if you just have issues with legalese or what but those terms in no way shape or form say that they own your content. By uploading you are granting a license for others to use under specific licenses for public use. With open source content there really isn't very many protections anyways. You are granting pretty much unrestricted use of your designs royalty free to pretty much everyone. If someone downloads my designs and uses them, great! That why I put them up. Want to make changes to them? Great! Thats why they are there. Thats the whole point behind open source. I see no reason to go anywhere else. And yes those terms have not changed in well over a year. 

"I'm leaving Thingiverse after seeing updated Terms of use http://thingiverse.com/legalthingiverse.com/legal"?

It wasn't changed in quite some time. 1 Year? 2?

Looking forward to hearing more. If you're not already planning to, it would be nice to have the back-end base on github. There are some other projects that you could build on if you go that way. More info: https://plus.google.com/105535247347788377245/posts/5VHUH2ggZUAhttps://plus.google.com/105535...

I've built something similar to what you're looking for. https://cubehero.comhttps://cubehero.com
It works similar to github, where you push the repo with STLs in it to cubehero.

If you'd like to also host it on github, you can add multiple remote repositories, and push it to github as well. 

I think that section is protecting the derivative function of the website...

I doubt they'd use that claim outside of thingiverse.

 They are selling thingiverse items in the physical NYC store.

They also contacted the Thing makers for permission.

Mostly Emmets heart which is sharealike licensed. Nothing wrong with that I think.

Oh and they called the authors and offered payment terms. Nice!