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3DSha.re is an up-and-coming 3D printing model repository which takes a slightly different spin on the concept of sharing and distributing 3D printable files. Just like there is an app store for your smartphone, smart TV, and other electronic devices, 3DShare believes that this business model should also be implemented into the 3D printing space.

The 3D model repository has taken this model and created an avenue for designers to create unique 3D printable content, and then choose if they would prefer to leave them open source and make these designs available to others for free, or if they would like to get paid for their hard work. If they elect the latter, they only have one pricing option to choose from, and that price is 99 cents. While this may not seem like a lot of money, it adds up, and because of this low price tag more people are willing pay up.

Today we present to you the top 5 3D printable models of the week from 3DShare’s growing library.

Chessbot Hero Transforming Chess Set
mar21-chessbotAre you a chess player? Are you a fan of Transformers? Then this might just be the perfect chess set for you. Chessbot is a chess set that, when not in use as a board game, can be transformed into a cool looking robot. Who wants to carry around their chess set in a suitcase or box, when they can simply put the pieces together and create a cute little toy? This is a free to download file on 3DShare, and it can be printed on virtually any FFF-based 3D printer.

Useful-Clip Assortment
mar21-clipsPaper clips, clothes pins, wire ties, and whatever else you use for clipping things together can all now be thrown out the window. That is if you have a 3D printer. The Useful-Clip is a 3D printable clip which comes in 5 different styles and a variety of different sizes. In all, there are 25 different models. These Useful-Clips are exclusive to 3DShare, and all of them can be downloaded for just 99 cents.

South Park Crew Refrigerator Magnets
mar21-southpark“TIMMAY!” Are you a fan of Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny, and the rest of the South Park crew? Then this might just be the best 99 cents you have ever spent. Another 3DShare exclusive, these 4 magnets can be downloaded and printed on any FFF-based 3D printer, and can grace your ‘fridge with just a strip of magnetic tape down the back.

Meta Chess
mar21-metachessAre you bored of the normal game of chess? Well, then this free download may just be the solution for you. Meta Chess is a game of chess played on top of a game of chess. Yes, you heard that right. According to its creator, Joe Larson, “The goal of the game is to take the small king. On every move, you make a move on the small set and the big set in either order. Small pieces cannot leave their big piece board unless there is an adjacent big piece to legally move to, and can move across several adjacent big piece boards in a move as long as the move is legal and uninterrupted by gaps.” Don’t worry, there’s a PDF with full instructions on game play!

Folk Whistle

mar21-whistleWe have seen a lot made about the 3D printing of musical instruments. While many of these have been extremely cool, the feasibility of printing them on a desktop 3D printer is really out of the realm of most. However, that is not the case with this 3D printable folk whistle. Free to download and print at home, it can be printed in one of several versions which include: sopranino in G, soprano in D, alto in G, and tenor in D. They are 3D printed in ABS, and then the pieces are welded together using acetone.

Well there you have it. This week’s top 5 3D printable designs from the 3DShare repository.  Be sure to upload your content to 3DSha.re for a chance to be featured in next week’s top 5 list! Which of these did you like the best? Discuss in the 3DSha.re forum on 3DPB.com.

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