If you’re a regular visitor of 3dprinting.com, you’ll know that for a couple of times we’ve been embedding Sketchfab models into our articles. Sketchfab is an online 3D sharing service, where users can easily upload their own 3D models and share them with the world. Any 3D model can be embedded into a blog post or posted on social media. Yesterday, the website made an interesting announcement, namely that they now have a download function. In other words: you can now download and 3D print any downloadable file from Sketchfab.
As a Sketchfab designer, you’re able to make your models available for the world to download, but you can also publish your 3D files for display only. Models can now also be used for video games or for VR experiments. This turns the website into an equivalent of Thingiverse, another 3D modeling website. Right now, more than 200,000 3D files have been uploaded, says the platform.
The British Museum gave Sketchfab the first downloadable 3D collection, and CyArk offered some 3D models of heritage sites as well. The British Museum said in a statement:
The British Museum is fascinated by the potential of 3D to unlock new ways for people to interact with our collection and love what Sketchfab are doing to power this market. So today we’re making available a set of 3D models produced by one of our team for download from Sketchfab. We’re fascinated to see what people do with them, and can’t wait to experiment more in this exciting new area … so watch this space!