3D Preview in your browser on Thingiverse!

Tony Buser’s Thingiview.js is an in-browser 3D file viewer powered by WebGL.  If you have a WebGL-enabled browser, you can view 3D files in your browser almost as fast as viewing them with a desktop application.

Now, Thingiview.js is available on Thingiverse! Just look for the little  cube icon next to the thumbnails for any STL file.  For example:

Example of a Thingiview icon

As a bonus, and as shown above, you can embed Thingiviews into your own pages! Each Thingiview page has an “Embed This Thing” button, which gives you the HTML to copy-and-paste into your site. You can even customize the colors!

Thingiview embed code example

If your current web browser doesn’t support WebGL, you might want to try the latest Google Chrome, which has WebGL support built in, or check out the latest Firefox and Safari betas.

The ability to preview 3D files in-browser has been on our wishlist for a while so it is great to be able to get this feature into the hands of the citizens of Thingiverse!

Please keep in mind that Thingiview is an experimental feature. If you run into any files that don’t work, please let us know!

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9 Comments so far

  • elspeth
    February 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    kewl, kewl

  • aubenc
    February 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Awesome, Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible… so cool!

  • mitpatterson
    February 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    So does anything need “installed” i noticed a link to github, is that just like for fun/people who know what all that is?

  • Rob
    February 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    No, nothing needs to be installed it is powered by JavaScript. The GitHub link is for the source code if anyone wants to hack on it or help fix any bugs.

  • Tweets that mention 3D Preview in your browser on Thingiverse! - MakerBot Industries --
    February 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Bre Pettis, Open Source MakerBot, m.kupriyanov, Tony Buser, mathias crawford and others. mathias crawford said: RT @bre: An awesome reason to update your browser: […]

  • R
    February 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm


  • Erik de Bruijn
    February 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Yes!!! So cool. I’d been anxiously hoping for Tony Buser’s awesomeness to get integrated in Thingiverse.. You outdid yourselves with the ability to embed “things”!!! It’s post-web 2.0 worthy.

  • WebGL around the net, 24 February 2011 | Learning WebGL
    February 24, 2011 at 10:38 am

    […] Thingiverse is an online catalogue of digital designs for physical objects (so you can share a design and other people can print it out using 3D printers etc). And there’s now a plug-in for their gallery so that you can view a design, called (naturally) Thingiview. […]

  • Daniel
    January 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    It is a very nice concept, but what scale is the grid in? What I mean is, the space between grid lines. Is it a mm, cm, inch, etc ?


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