If you own a 3D printer such as Makerbot’s Replicator for 3D printing, you will find these 50 websites with their free 3D models very useful. Some do offer free download, some offer at a reasonable price.
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↓ Shapeways (Paid)
Shapeways.com is the world’s leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. We harness 3D Printing to help everyone make and share designs with the world, making product design more accessible, personal, and inspiring.
↓ 123D Gallery (Free)
Created by AutoDesk for people who want to make things themselves, Autodesk 123D is free software integrated with content and fabrication services. Free products and services are subject to the Autodesk.
↓ Turbosquid (Paid)
TurboSquid was founded in 2000 to serve the 3D model industry. With over 300,000 3D models available for download, TurboSquid is the leading source for 3D models on the web. Search for 3D models by keyword, or browse 3D model categories.
↓ Yeggi (Search Engine)
» yeggi is a search engine for printable 3D models (only). They collect data from all 3D communities and marketplaces offering 3D models to print since April, 2013 – first mover, most extensive index, more than 100,000 searches per month (May, 2013).
↓ cadyou (Free Open Source)
Cadyou is a new community for digital designers to find and share high quality 2d and 3d files. Their goal is to create a resource of free, high quality designs for everyone to use, licensed under Public Domain and Creative Commons licenses.
↓ CGTrader (Paid)
CGTrader is an online marketplace where 3D artists and designers can buy, sell or share 3D models. It was founded and is being developed by a team of 3D designers and engineers. Their goal is to democratize 3D stock market and change the way we sell 3D models online. By letting authors earn maximum royalties, they strive to increase their motivation and raise the quality of 3D models.
↓ Thingiverse (Paid)
Thingiverse is a place for you to share your digital designs with the world. We believe that just as computing shifted away from the mainframe into the personal computer that you use today, digital fabrication will share the same path.
↓ 3D Part Source (Search Engine)
They are dedicated to simplifying industrial part sourcing by matching buyers to suppliers through 3D shape and geometry via their search engine, it is basically a reverse search engine.
↓ CubeHero (Free)
Easily share 3D printable models with anyone or simply host your own 3D model all for free.
↓ Cubify (Free + Paid)
Cubify is a place to express yourself in 3D! Whether you’re just looking for something unique (a belt, a lamp, a toy) that’s been 3D printed, or you want to design and print your own creations from scratch, or anything in between, Cubify has you covered.
↓ Cuboyo (Paid $1+)
On Cuboyo, you will find a whole array of 3D object files that you can print at your convenience anytime you want. Objects from a 3D printer are made of biodegradable plastic and are environmentally friendly. They also reduce CO2 emissions by eliminating shipping.
↓ 3D Burrito (Free + Paid)
3D Burrito is a 3D printing marketplace where people can buy and sell design models for 3D printers. Their ambition is to offer 3D printables created by premium designers that people can print at home with their own 3D printer. They believe that 3D printing is the next stage of the industrial revolution, where anyone can create and share their products – available anytime, anywhere and on demand with the help of a 3D Printer.
↓ Fabforall (Search Engine)
FABforall is a vertical search engine and community for everything related to 3D printing. You can search 3D printing files , the latest websites, materials, printers, objects and artists with FABforall.
↓ Forme It (Paid)
Forme It is a digital design library that gives you instant access to highly-detailed 3D models.
↓ CNC King (Free + Paid)
Whether you have a CNC table router, 3D printer, laser cutter, plasma cutter or any other type of CNC machine, they have files here that allow you to quickly create amazing projects! All of their projects come with a 3D assembly animation and some with a recorded video of the founder, Jon Cantin, producing the very projects you are interested in.
↓ Create This (Paid)
CreateThis.com is a Marketplace connecting 3D designers, Artists, and Hobbyists with people who want to buy 3D files for Desktop 3D printing and Desktop CNC manufacturing.
↓ GrabCAD (Free)
GrabCAD is leading the Open Engineering movement, helping engineers get products to market faster by connecting people, content and technology. GrabCAD Workbench makes it easy for engineers to share files, work with partners and complete projects on time, while the GrabCAD Community accelerates the design process by tapping into the knowledge and resources of the largest source of CAD content and engineering minds in the world.
↓ Grain 3D (Free + Mostly Paid)
Their goal is to be the slickest, easiest source for quality objects that you can print on your 3D printer. Featuring safe and easy PayPal checkout and files that are optimized for your specific device, all you have to do is load the file to a USB drive or SD card and start printing! Start by browsing available 3D files!
↓ i.materialise (Paid)
i.materialise is an online 3D printing service for all people with an eye for design and a head full of ideas. Turn your ideas into 3D printed reality.
Create, share, and sell your designs with i.materialise.
↓ iMakr (Paid)
iMakr.com is an online store selling a wide range of 3D printers and materials, 3D art and 3D scanners. They do sell 3D models, albeit in a limited quantities.
↓ Instructables (Free)
Mainly DIY projects created by hobbyist, they are all free and comes with no strong attached. You are encouraged to contribute to the good of the community.
↓ Mixee Labs (Customization)
Mixee Labs is a platform for designers to create customizable products and sell them online. We manufacture these customized goods on-demand using 3D printing via our production partner, Shapeways, who ships directly to the customers. Anybody can customize products without knowing how to model, and anybody can own 3D printed products without buying a 3D printer.
↓ 3D Printing Model (Paid)
3DPrintingModel is an online marketplace for 3D printing models and design files. They believe that 3D Printing is the future of manufacturing, and will have a major effect on the global economy. Soon, everyone will own a 3D printer and will print things instead of buying them on the store. There will be less mass manufacturing done in developed countries to save costs and less worldwide cargo shipping. We’ll have a greener planet and personal manufacturing will make sure less nature resources are mined in vain.
↓ My Mini Factory (Free)
At MyMinifactory.com we want to offer you the best user experience. Should you have any feedback on your print, should you have any request for a specific design you did not find on the platform, please don’t hesitate to use the Feedback buton or the Request an Object Function.
MyMinifactory.com is calling the world large communicty of 3D designers to upload their objects on the platform. Beautiful and/or functional printable objects will then be exposed to the large community of enthusiats who visit MyMinifactory.com. Very soon designers will be earning cash based on the downloads of their objects.
↓ Rinkak (Paid)
A Japanese 3D model site, the focus is simple, minimalist and everything Japanese.
↓ Sculpteo Stores (Paid)
Sculpteo offers a fast 3D printing service which is open to all. We start from your 3D design to manufacture a specific object: interior decoration, figurines, robots, miniatures, scale models and etc. Our community platform gives you access to 3D designers, allowing you to share models, upload your own 3D designs, and make them real thanks to 3D printing.
↓ Kraftwürx (Paid)
Possibly one of the biggest 3D model collection in the world, with 18,000 models at high resolution. Their aim is to provide a hub for all local printers, minimizing transportation fees and etc.
↓ Layer by Layer (Free)
When 3D printing becomes easily accessible to everyone, the possibilities are endless. Their goal is to make 3D printing easy and fun.
↓ MakerShop (Free)
MakerShop is for makers to connect with eachother and for people to connect with makers. MakerShop is the designer’s platform to materialize objects around the world at the speed of design!
↓ Sketchup 3D Warehouse (Free)
Formerly owned by Google, SketchUp has a huge collection of architectural 3d models, especially in the architectural field such as buildings.
↓ Azavy (e-Bidding Style)
Upload your creative digital designs to Azavy and specify a price, you will get paid each time your 3D products are sold! Their analytics help you determine what customers want, and your design talents make you money.