So I received an interesting email today, the body of which is quoted below:
Regarding Thingiverse Content:
AR-15 grip and stock by oryhara
Two part AR-15 lower receiver by oryhara
In exercising our policy enforcement discretion, we have decided to remove the above-captioned content as of today.
Please contact me with any questions.
It mentions two ‘things’ which I’d posted to thingiverse, which they felt the need to remove from the site. Ok. It’s their site, they can run it how they like.
I’ve never really liked the manner in which it was run. There was far too little quality control and far too much useless junk.
Thing 21574 is describes as an OGRE HVY tank, but the actual file(required when posting a ‘thing’) is an empty file. So what does this mean?
It means that a user made a thing, printed it, took a picture of it, and posted it as a ‘thing’ with a picture but did not include the file others would need to print it.
Thing 19294 is not a thing at all. It is a pile of scrap ABS from failed prints. this is just one example, but a number of these such items exist, and they have no benefit whatsoever to the 3d printing community.
I could spend hours combing through thingiverse looking for all of the things i don’t like, but i have better things to do with my time.
As I’ve seen these disappointing ‘things’ in the past, i tend to move on, and get over it. I never intended to collate them into some kind of miserable hoarder’s memento about how horrible thingiverse is.
Every time I see a thing posted with “I haven’t printed this. hope it works,” I sigh and shake my head. This user has now unloaded the testing of his or her model onto the other users of thingiverse. We have to spend our printer time and filament proving out this untested design. And if the model in question is not marked ‘work in progress’ then one should expect it to work out of the box.
I go to thingiverse to find models for things i might want to use, models I won’t then have to spend some amount of time making myself. If someone else has already done the work of measuring something and modeling it, thingiverse is usually where i go to find that.
And every useless or empty ‘thing’ makes it harder to find what I’m looking for.
I have only posted a few things to thingiverse, despite the numerous models which I’ve made. The process of uploading models to thingiverse is very time-consuming, and my iterative design process yields many models when only the final one is of real value. In the interest of the other users of thingiverse, I only upload models to thingiverse which i’ve tested. I only put quality models up.
I think the site would benefit if other users did the same. It’s not a trash can; don’t put junk on thingiverse.
And if thingiverse wants to pull the models I spend weeks testing, printing, perfecting, and feature crap instead? that’s their choice. It’s their site. This one is mine, and on it I’ll write what I think about them.