Thingiverse: Parts Nebula Discovered
Thingiverse is the wonderful little underdog of a website that we run as part of MakerBot Industries. While CupCake CNC gets all the glamour, Thingiverse does all the heavy lifting in this little revolution we’re starting. Well, its about to do quite a bit more lifting as we’ve just upgraded it with a major new system: parts listing and inventory tracking. Yup, now anyone can list the exact parts and quantities needed to build a thing in a structured way. You can also track your own personal inventory of things which is super handy.
Why did we build this? Mostly because we needed it, but also because we the problems that people deal with daily when working with open source hardware designs. Creating lists of parts that are actually useful to other people is a very important thing to do, and often it can be rather difficult to do right. We’re not the only ones struggling with it, and we’re hoping that the tool we built for us will be useful for other people.
Not only is the part listing a problem that we deal with, but now that we are manufacturing robots in fairly large quantities. Keeping track of what parts we actually have in stock is the flipside problem to listing what parts are actually needed to build something. By creating an integrated system to both keep track of what parts are needed to build something as well as what parts you actually have it should streamline things for us as well as hopefully benefit the community at large.
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