As of today, the MakerBot® Thingiverse® app options just got a whole lot more mobile. Thingiverse users can now download the Thingiverse Android app, which has the same functionality as the iOS Thingiverse app, launched in October 2013. The iOS Thingiverse app has become very popular and Apple recently selected the app as “One of the Best New Social Networking Apps.” Thingiverse is MakerBot’s global design community that features more than 200,000 downloadable digital files.
The new MakerBot Thingiverse Android app will have the same features as the iOS app, which includes the ability to easily search and explore Thingiverse from the comfort of… everywhere! The app lets you browse featured 3D designs, and new and noteworthy items, which have been selected by the Thingiverse community based on popularity. When viewing 3D designs, the user can scroll through beautiful slideshows of detail photos. Like, collect and quickly share directly from the app to your social networks or email them to friends.
“Bringing Thingiverse functionality to the fingertips of our community has always been a goal of ours,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “And now with the Android version of the app added to the already popular iOS version, Thingiverse users can access their favorites 3D models, collect and share them and view them on an Android or iOS device, whether at work or play.”
Some of the great features of the new Thingiverse Android app include uploading and sharing photos, which can be used to update profile and cover images from your phone. A Dashboard offers a carousel of featured things and Dashboard updates. The Explore function allows you to scroll through the latest and greatest things on Thingiverse and see new and noteworthy items uploaded to the site, featured items, popular items, made items, and have the ability to like and add items to your collections, then share with your social networks. There are also Thing detail screens that have photos of items, full screen slideshows of the designs, descriptions, instructions and license information. The User profile offers cover images, a custom avatar and description of the Thingiverse member; you can also follow other users, and see designs and made things based on profiles. Search is also included so you can find your favorite designs and search on topics or browse through the expansive Thingiverse library. When you print an item from Thingiverse, the app also provides an opportunity to take a photo, upload it and associate the image with a Thingiverse thing from your download history, collections, favorites or search. Thingiverse settings are also accessible via the app.