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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

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Chapter 6. The Community – Thingiverse and GrabCAD

This chapter introduces us to the open source community and how to find, edit, and insert parts created by this community into our design. We will also cover the following topics:

  • Introducing two extensive free CAD websites (Thingiverse and GrabCAD)
  • Finding, analyzing, and licensing restrictions of a model
  • An example on finding and modifying a bathroom sink

3D printing web resources

The design/3D printing community is such a powerful resource. With consumer 3D printing being relatively new, the number of free 3D printer-ready files that are available is astonishing. Sites such as Shapeways offer designs and printing at a cost, as does the giant eBay website, who has recently opened its own 3D printing ...

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