MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
Blender is a public project, made by hundreds of people from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, molders, and the list goes on.
There is so much happening in 3D printing right now. There is an enormous global community driving development, aided by each others’ efforts thanks to the Internet. Just spend a little time on sites like 3ders.org or 3dprint.com and this will quickly become clear. This collaborative approach to technological development is a very powerful force. I believe the pace of 3D printing and related technologies is going to outpace even the more optimistic predictions because of this.