It looks like githubiverse and thing-tracker, which started when people were upset about thingiverse licensing, are dead.

I manage everything in Git, so the idea of easily pushing to github and not worrying about anything else seems attractive. Is there any more recent work on beautifying things pushed to github?

Adam Steinmark February 26, 2018 00:24

What was the licensing issue with Thingiverse? Did they have a clause where they technically own everything posted or were people just upset over what licenses they could publish their designs under?

Michael K Johnson February 26, 2018 05:58

I think the actual problem was armchair lawyering regarding a standard site term meaning something like: “If you upload this to the site, you give us permission to have it on the site, duh!”

I’m not anti-thingiverse, I just want to push to github and keep versions around, and doing an extra step to lose version management seems like a boondoggle.

Makerbot, Occupy Thingiverse, and the reality of selling Open Hardware

Adam Steinmark February 26, 2018 06:56

So it seems like people were upset over the former, that Makerbot had rights to everything published on their site. I was looking at the Terms a & Conditions and that doesn’t appear to be the case, at least not anymore.

“2.5 Ownership. Excluding your User Content (defined below), you acknowledge that all the intellectual property rights, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets in the Sites and Services are owned by the Company or the Company’s licensors.”

This is just Makerbot saying they own rights to everything on the site not uploaded by a user.

“3.1 User Content. “User Content” means any and all information and content that a User submits to, or uses with, the Sites or Services (e.g., content in the User’s profile or postings, user-created designs), including any modifications, improvements, or alterations (“Modification”) made to products available by Company or its authorized suppliers through MakerBot Labs (all such products collectively referred to herein as the “MakerBot Experimental Product”) or to any print profiles, modes, or settings created by you using Company products (“Print Profile”). You retain all your intellectual property rights in your User Content. Company does not claim ownership in any User Content.”

But yeah a revisions feature would be a nice thing for them to implement.

Michael K Johnson February 26, 2018 07:45

I just want to use git.

I only mentioned occupy thingiverse because that’s when people started working on making projects in GitHub look nice. I was not trying to rake up old complaints…

Adam Steinmark February 26, 2018 08:13

Yeah I get that. Github is nice but 3d printing needs a dedicated space for models. Git would need a separate search feature just for 3d printable files and a 3d viewer which isn’t within the confines of the site in my opinion. It also really only makes sense to post larger projects there, you wouldn’t post something simple like a filament clip or a vase to Github. I do like it for larger projects like full printers because of the wiki feature and revisions.

Michael K Johnson February 26, 2018 17:52

I don’t see why it would make less sense to do small projects there. No matter how small, I track revisions. Git is just as useful for small changes as large ones. I just finished three revisions of a little lapel microphone clip to get something that works, and why would I not keep track of how I got here?

Even on thingiverse, I find things easier by doing a google search than trying to use the thingiverse embedded search. Not clear to me why github would be any different.

Not sure what you mean by “within the confines of the site” since it already has (and has had for years, I think) an integrated .stl viewer.

I also disagree with folks who never put up .gcode files. At least with slic3r putting the parameters at the end they function as “how I did it” files that can be useful even though they are almost certainly not directly useful on your printer.

Anyway, seems clear that the answer to my original question is a big no.

Islamabad Times March 17, 2018 10:32

For information about latest jobs visit

Imported from Google+ — content and formatting may not be reliable