Introducing Thingiverse Collections: Collect All The Things!
Last month, Thingiverse users got introduced to Dashboard, a new all-in-one place to catch up on the latest activity. Today, we’re thrilled to roll out another great feature aimed at helping users build a unique space for themselves within this exciting and growing site.
Introducing Thingiverse Collections, a tool to organize and browse the 25,000+ 3D things currently available for free download. With just a few clicks, it’s easy to add individual things to new or existing Collections, such as “Gifts for Friends,” or “Architectural Models,” or “Literary References.” A user can make as many Collections as they want, or just browse other people’s Collections for inspiration.
HOW IT WORKS:
Whenever you see something you want to remember, hover your mouse over the image, and click on the Collect button.
If you’re already on the main page for your Thing, you’ll see a “Collect It!” button, followed by a list of the Collections it already appears in.
To see another user’s Collections, visit that user’s profile page, and click on “My Collections.” If they don’t have any yet, drop them a message and say, “Hey! Make some Collections!”
You can find all the Collections on Thingiverse under the Browse menu
Our Beta testers have been using Collections for a few weeks now, and have already made great use of the feature. Here are some awesome examples to get you started.
There’s more than one way to use Collections:
– Keep a list of all the things you see on Thingiverse that you want to make someday. All registered users will automatically have a “Things to Make” Collection. Spend a few minutes now to find the first additions to your own unique Thingiverse to-do list.
– Collect your favorite things within a theme. Maybe you like all the Board Games on Thingiverse, or you want to have the best Collection of eyeglasses on Thingiverse. Make a Collection called “Bendy Things,” or “Buildings,” or, if you’re a Thingiverse veteran, “Gears!”
– Use Collections to categorize your own uploads into beautiful sets, especially if you love to share designs within a theme. Thingiverse user MakeALot has grouped his pencil holders and chess sets into awesome Collections for other users to browse easily. The MakerBot Thingiverse team threw together some collections of MakerBot’s own designs, indicating that the designs come “from the BotCave.” If you’re feeling festive, check out our Holiday collection!
Thingiverse is a huge part of what we do, and you all are making it the absolute best place anywhere to get and share 3D things. As always, we can’t wait to see what you make, and now we can’t wait to see what you collect!