How to Find 3D Files
Many people ask, “Where can I download 3D files?” The answer is that there are many great resources out there. Here is our guide to some of the best. Keep in mind that not all 3D files are printable on the Solidoodle 2. Some parts might be designed to be fabricated on a laser cutter, and some might have complex features like large overhangs.
Thingiverse is a wealth of user-generated content. You can download other users’ creations and upload your own. Keep in mind that Thingiverse has many different types of creations, including many that can’t be made on a 3D printer (e.g. designed to be made on a lasercutter). We like the Elvis Skull and the Stanford Bunny.
The Google Sketchup 3D Warehouse has lots of great 3D files in Sketchup format that you can download and modify. You may need to convert some of the files from Sketchup format (.skp) to STL format for them to print. If so, you may need to download the free Google Sketchup converter plugin. Some of our favorites are the Buddha Statue and the Bottle Opener.
Autodesk hosts a (relatively) small repository of 3D files on it’s site for 123D, a free 3D design package. The files are in 123d format, so you’ll need to download 123D to convert them to .STL format. Our favorite is the Pumpkin.
3Dvia hosts a small repository of free user-generated 3D files. The company also sells a suite of 3D design software. Check out the Airbus Airplane.