The 3D printing space is developing so fast, that even the writers at 3DPrint.com can be caught off guard. The future of where this technology is heading can often be difficult to predict, as the rate of the expansion within the industry is expanding itself. One thing that we can predict, with relatively high confidence, is that within a few years there will be millions and millions of 3D design files online, a majority of them being free. In fact, I would venture to guess that almost any smaller object will have a 3D CAD file available for it, which could be downloaded either for free, or for a small fee. With the millions upon millions of 3D CAD files online, there will have to be some way in which we can sort through them all. Need a file for a replacement part for your new GE Monogram oven? Where would you look?
Perhaps Google themselves will venture into this area. After all, they already have their sophisticated search algorithms and basic framework in place to extend their search to other areas. Oftentimes, however, the giants within a field do not have the foresight to expand their scope to cover new market segments in an intuitive fashion. This is where the smaller players could come in. Two weeks ago, we profiled a startup called 3DShapes which is working on a technology to allow users to search for 3D models based on particular shapes of objects. It’s certainly a unique approach to search, which could catch the giants like Google off guard.
With that said, it may just be a refined, simple search experience, capable of connecting with the largest file repositories on the net, which becomes the de facto 3D model search engine. Recently a new search engine called Yobi3D emerged on the scene. It’s simplistic approach makes searching for a 3D model fun, and surprisingly it’s quite accurate and comprehensive for its age.
Once a 3D model is found, the user can click on it and immediately be presented a web platform which allows for the full rotation of that object, as well as the ability to zoom in or out. Users can then easily click on the source link of the model to be taken to a page where that model can quickly be downloaded.
“I was really amazed with how mature web browsers have become in rendering 3D graphics,” says Jessy Lee, the search engine’s founder and CEO. “We are still developing our technology and finding more potential users,” Lee says.
As the market develops, it will be those companies which continue to develop their user interfaces, as well as their access to an extended number of file repositories, who will ultimately succeed… or at least get bought out by a Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft.
Either way, Yobi3D certainly is a useful website for those looking to find their next 3D printable model. Will it have what it takes to become a giant within the field, over the next few years? We will have to wait and find out. Let’s hear your thoughts on this new search engine in the Yobi3D forum thread on 3DPB.com.
You May Also Like
Tuning 3D Printed Flexible Materials with Microfluidics Droplet System
As the name suggests, microfluidics is centered around the behavior, manipulation, and control of fluids that have been constrained to a very small scale. Obviously, accurate handling is of the...
3D Printed Respirator Masks Below N95 Standards, Says Virginia Tech Team
We’ve been cautious and careful about promoting 3D-printed COVID safety equipment here at 3DPrint.com. We talked about a general principle of first doing no harm and also discussed safety recommendations...
6K Partners with Relativity Space, Commissions UniMelt to Transform Sustainability in Metal 3D Printing
On the heels of their recent announcement of commissioning the first two commercial UniMelt systems for sustainable production of additive manufacturing (AM) powders, 6K has now partnered with Relativity Space...
Hybrid Drug Delivery Systems Made by Combining FFF 3D Printing & Conventional Manufacturing
Over the last few years, research has shown that 3D printing has a lot of potential for fabricating drug delivery systems. Now, a group of researchers from the Aristotle University...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.