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Things and Thingiverse Apps

  • How do I remove my Thing from use with an App ?
  • How do I opt out of an App?
  • How does my license affect app usage?
  • I have a design, but there are now 50 remixes because users have used an app to edit/customize my design, what's up with that?

    Designer Tips

  • What are Designer Tips?
  • How do I receive tips?
  • What about customized things? Who gets the tip if someone purchases a Thing that is the product of a customizable Thing?
  • Is there a way to make only one of your Things require a tip, but not all of them?
  • Is Thingiverse making money off my designs?
  • If a user tips me $1 do I get the full $1 tip?
  • What's the rationale for tip amounts being in fixed values? ($1, $3, $5, $8, $13, $21)
  • Why is the minimum tip amount for user-to-user tipping set to $3?
  • How do I know if someone tips me?
  • Why are my tips paid out monthly?
  • Why was the tip amount I was paid out less than the actual tip I was tipped?
  • How do I export my tip transactions for accounting or other purposes?
  • Am I responsible for taxes on tips?
  • For Thingiverse Apps tipping, the tip I recieve is sometimes lower than the mandatory tip amount I requested, why does that happen?
  • Someone stole my design and is making tips off of it. What can I do / How do I report it?

    Things and Thingiverse Apps

    How do I remove my Thing from use with an App ?

    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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    How do I opt out of an App?

    Things are digital designs/files and instructions that can be turned into a real life physical object.
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    How does my license affect app usage?

    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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    I have a design, but there are now 50 remixes because users have used an app to edit/customize my design, what's up with that?

    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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    Designer 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 receive tips?

    You will need to link your PayPal account to your Thingiverse Account (available in your Users Settings under "App Settings"). You will receive payment via PayPal at the beginning of each month for the previous month's earnings.
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    What about customized things? Who gets the tip if someone purchases a Thing that is the product of a customizable Thing?

    We believe the majority of the work and creativity of a customized Thing comes from the creator of the customizable Thing itself. Therefore, customized Things are considered an extension of the original customizable Thing, and any tips earned in a commercial transaction will go to the creator of the original customizable Thing.
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    Is there a way to make only one of your Things require a tip, but not all of them?

    No. Currently, requiring a tip applies to all designs on your user account
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    Is Thingiverse making money off my designs?

    All tips go to designers. For Thingiverse Apps purchases, Thingiverse charges the developers a fee, but it is only subtracted from the developer's earnings, not from the designer's percentage.
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    If a user tips me $1, do I get the full $1 tip?

    It depends on how you received the tip. Yes, you will receive the full $1 tip if the tip is received during a Thingiverse App purchase since the developer of the app is responsible for payment processing fees. If the tip is a User-to-User Tip, you will receive the $1 minus payment processing fees, which unfortunately, can be substantial, especially for small amounts PayPal charges 2.9%+$0.30 per transaction. We are currently in the process of trying to lower the fees by working with Paypal or others to use a new type of payment method and we'll announce more information once available.
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    What's the rationale for tip amounts being in fixed values? ($1, $3, $5, $8, $13, $21)

    It's the fibonacci sequence :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number
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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. For Thing Apps purchases, the total purchase amount is typically far higher than $3, so the restriction does not apply.
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    How do I know if someone tips me?

    You'll receive a notification via your Thingiverse Dashboard, as well as receive an email notification.
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    Why are my tips paid out monthly?

    Payment processing companies like to charge big fees. These fees occur every time a transaction occurs and we found that collecting tips and holding them until the end of the month led to the least amount of fees for you. Additionally, app purchases have a 30 day refund window where if an order is refunded, the tip received on that order is refunded as well. Due to this, Thingiverse has to keep the tip amount for the 30 day period in case of refunds.
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    Why was the tip amount I was paid out less than the actual amount I was tipped?

    Payment processing companies like to charge big fees that are not friendly for small amounts. We tried very hard to minimize these fees but they can still take a sizable portion of a tip amount, especially if the total tip amount you received in the past month was very low.
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    How do I export my tip transactions for accounting or other purposes?

    We are building this functionality at the moment. You will soon be able to export a CSV file containing your tip transactions by navigating to your Earning History on your Order History page and clicking "Export to CSV".
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    Am I responsible for taxes on tips?

    Yes, if you receive income from tips on your designs, you are responsible for any taxes incurred.
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    For Thingiverse Apps tipping, the tip I recieve is sometimes lower than the mandatory tip amount I requested, why does that happen?

    Because app developers are responsible for payment processing fees which take a percentage of the payment amount, if a tip amount is much larger than the order amount during a purchase, the developer might lose money when taking transaction fees into account. To ensure developer's don't ever lose money on a transaction, we dynamically cap tips based upon the total order amount.
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    Someone stole my design and is making tips off of it. What can I do / How do I report it?

    On the Thing Page in question, report the Thing using the "Report Thing" button on the Thing's page. Our Community Manager will follow up and take it down and we will investigate any withholding of payments.
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I think the Statistics arent working properly.
Statistics says about 15 total downloads and 1 of my designs says it has 600 downloads.
I dont know which information is correct.
please help

I don't see that any of your designs has 600 downloads. The graph that I see if I look at your analytics page looks correct to me.

The analytics shows the downloads over a given time period. The link you shared shows total downloads since uploading.

ahh ok thanks

In my Designs page I have posted 6 designs which it does say that I have 6 designs but it only shows previews for 4 of them.
I have tried searching for the 2 missing designs using the key words and name that I gave it and I cannot bring them up in a search either.

Can someone take a look and see why they are not showing up and tell me why and they are not working. Also if you can either correct them so they will show up or delete them so they no longer show up in my design count and I will try and repost them.

I have this same issue, have you been able to get any resolution on it?

I am able to view the designs if I directly click it, not sure if there is some arbitrary automod censorship going on that we just happened to trip.

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why do several of my designs not show under my list of designs, yet I can see that they are being seen and downloaded by others? Example, https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4932342 and https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4937501 have been downloaded more than 500 times, but I cant find them in my inventory.

bikini
by mupshot
Foxx holster clip guard
by mupshot
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I publish two design and it does not show on the site. when visit link it show a "404 NOT FOUND!" page.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4893609
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4887298
how do I fix this? please reply

thank you

I have the same issue.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4862675
Uploaded in May.
Not visible in search.
Not visible in my designs page! Reports 3 designs but only one visible.
Is this issue going to be fixed? Can't use Thingiverse if this isn't going to be fixed.

Folding model rocket launchpad
by Simmsey
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2 weeks ago I uploaded a design. this is the link:https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4887298
but it did not show as a search result when it search.

previously its show in populser last 30 day tab
this design Now it is not there either

The site is well and truly hosed right now. I make a test object, 20 polygon milk carton with a single JPG image, and the link goes to a "404 NOT FOUND!" page.

I just set up a MyMiniFactory profile because this is so absurd. The last 5 things I've uploaded aren't viewable when I post a link to Facebook or something.

Example:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4869044

Since few days ago my newly added designs are not showing in the web UI dashboard and also NOT SHOWING IN SEARCH (they show in the count, but they are not visible as a design). I can find them using Google Search but not using Thingiverse search.
For example, try “storz bickel solid valve thingiverse” in Google search and you will find my thingiverse design page as 4th down (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4644148). However, thingiverse search ignores it.
Same with the latest design: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4646894/files

Additional problems is that it seems Thingiverse has, since recently, mixed up user preferences - when I was uploading the last two design, the default values were not mine but from another live design page by an unrelated user!!!

Two support cases raised with Thingiverse since last week, but no reply at all.

Weirdly, the designs are showing by count and design pages in mobile app dashboard (but still not possible to search for them).

Anybody has a solution to this?!?!

Storz & Bickel Volcano Solid Valve Housing
Catit cat drinking fountain - flower accessory

Same here. I have uploaded 4 designs recently and one of them is not showing in my dashboard nor in the search results. I can check it in analytics as well and access it through other search engines.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4687877
I'm making a support case but expect no fast solution if any.

Attack On Titan The Garrison Regiment Insignia cookie cutter
by xkr

Same for me, please fix this bug.

This issue is still not fixed yet. Just recently I also have faced this situation again. The old one is one month ago.
They did not show in my dash box. But can be checked in view analytics. Hope they will fix it soon.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4640351
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4696666

Magic bolt (Nuts will go to different direction when rotating)(double threaded bolt)
Universal battery connector

Me too the same problem... I published my first project today; I see it through Analitics, in the dashboard it signals me a drawing but you cannot see and / or modify... and through analytics I notice also that it has been downloaded several times...

Hi. Same issue here. Very weird. I publish a design and it does not show on the site. I do not see it in the 'My designs' section. I cannot find it if I search for it in the search engine.

BUT: it is displayed in my analytics (Profile section) AND some people liked it so how did they find it??? It's invisible to me but somehow some people can download it.

The designs are searchable if you go to Google general search, or even if you go to 3D specialist search engines, like Yeggi. That is the only way to find them, because they are excluded from Thingiverse own search engine.

The whole site is not maintained and it looks like Makerbot don’t really care much about it, other than making money from soft porn adds. If I was a crazy conspiracy theory subscriber, I would say my problem started when I specified my printer model being not Makerbot

I'm new and for a moment I thought I was doing something wrong...
It's really a shame it's not being fixed.

Having problems with designs showing up (since Nov 1, 2020... My number of designs increased when I posted it, but does not show on my design page, not in a group, not via 'Explore', and not found when searching by terms in the title.
I DID find it in analytics.

Two examples (reposted item because of this, but same issue)
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4640693
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4643912

Is there some particular problem with the item/post? thx