3D Model Sites – Free and Paid Resources
Here is a handy free resource on where to get STL files
On this page, you will enter the world of 3D models and STL files. Make sure you scroll below the table, as there are a lot more details on the individual sites – a really handy resource for you!
|NIH 3D Print Exchange||Free|
|XYZprinting 3D Gallery||Free, Paid|
Thingiverse is the biggest repository of free STL files, and while other paid sites have free STL files as well, Thingiverse trumps because of sheer volume – while not necessarily the highest quality.
This is a massive resource here that we will be adding to.
Obviously, with paid sites, there will be more opportunity to drill down to find exactly what you are after, or be inspired to try an amazing new discovery!
Alternatively, you can “scan your own” models. We have written an article outlining the top 3D scanners available on Amazon here.
Read on for our all-time favorite sites for getting free and paid STL files. From simple to complex, you will find them all.
Thingiverse has one of the most expansive STL libraries on planet Earth. Go check it out to get FREE 3D Printing Models. With over 2 million STL files, you are sure to find something in the area of your interest. Check out the ‘Explore’ tab —> ‘Things’ and you are on your way to see the extensive range of free models.
With such a huge number of STL files in their repository, you will undoubtedly need to use the search function to find the gold. Go create an account so you can collect designs, share with friends and even remix a 3D design!
This is also a great resource of passionate 3D printing enthusiasts – with nearly 4.5 million members – designers, engineers, and makers. You can follow individual designers, and start topics to engage the community – sharing ideas, Things and developing conversations.
Looking for a 3D model marketplace? CGTrader is for buyers and sellers, and has over 200 000 3D printable models. Here you will find models for a range of applications that include a choice selection for 3D printing.
These guys have a quality you can rely on – with models in all areas. Plus they have thousands of free models check out.
3D printing models categories:
Art, Fashion, Gadgets, Games and Toys, Hobbyist parts and DIY projects, Decor items, Jewelry and Miniatures
And a community of 3.9 million.
Click directly through to their 3D models –
Cults have both free and paid models. There is a marketplace for 3D printing and design, a 3D model library, and information to give you all you need to know about what you can do with your 3D printer.
This site gives you the confidence to start printing without the knowledge of how to make your own 3DP STL files.
Check out the categories and download some awesome 3D printer models for free, or choose the open-sourced or paid models.
Saving you time and trial and error, they guarantee that all their models are 3D printable.
You will find inspiration as well as STL files if you check out their tips, contests and the gallery of what other makers have been up to.
MyMiniFactory has been around since 2013. They have some pretty cool models onboard their platform – both free STL files and paid.
They started out with hand-picked 3D designs that they personally tested, then they moved on to allow open-sourced, and now they have a store for designers to sell their best models.
They have a “Guaranteed 3D Printable” motto – their files are run through a software check and are even test-printed by the community before publishing – pretty impressive!
Go ahead and check out the site for a well-rounded collection of great STL files.
Pinshape is an easy-to-use platform where you can explore, share and download high-quality 3D printable designs. There is a community marketplace with a wealth of creative material for you to buy, as well as a selection of free models.
They have curated a great selection of premium and free STL files from their community of 70,000+ Makers and Designers.
The site has some handy search filters – allowing you to choose a price range, add the type of printer you are using, what sort of license you are after and whether you only want designs with prints. Plus you can see the trending designs – if you are after what is hot right now.
So take a look around and see what you can download and print.
TurboSquid has been around since 2000, they have a fantastic library of models, a ‘Best Price Guarantee’ and a promise of returns if the model doesn’t work for you – refund or store credit.
Here again, you can filter by file-type, which helps with finding the models specific to 3D printing enthusiasts – just tick the checkbox against STL and that will show you all the 3D printable designs on their site.
At 3DExport you can find a nice supply of both free and paid 3D print models.
Check out their categories: Art, Characters, Fashion, Gadgets, Games & Toys, Hobbies & DIY, House, Miniatures, Jewellery. The cool thing here is they have sub-categories that make it even easier to explore. With 28955 items listed for 3D printing, you can find premium models without getting lost in the overwhelming choice of other sites.
There is a forum if you are into the community aspect, and a money-back guarantee to put your mind at ease when purchasing.
YouMagine gives you access to 18000 free designs that are ready to print.
They have an online community of 3D printing enthusiasts whose aim is to work together to share, remix and make better 3D printed things. YouMagineis all about giving you the tools to improve, invent & make more cool, creative makes.
I like the way they have ‘Collections’ – Home, Ultimaker upgrades, Useful Test Pieces, Travellers, StarWars, Quick Prints, Toys, Minis and Monsters.
The NIH 3D Print Exchange provides free models for the scientific community. The models are in formats that are readily compatible with 3D printers. They offers a unique set of tools to create and share 3D-printable models related to biomedical science.
The source for 3D-printable models that are scientifically accurate or medically applicable.
They have Curated Collections by collaborating organizations.
Threeding is a marketplace for free and paid 3D printing models and files. Their online platform offers a place where individuals and businesses can buy, sell or just exchange freely 3D models suitable for 3D printing.
It is a file-sharing website and there are over 6,300 STL files to download.
They have a few new categories with a good sub-menu. Some of these being : Antiques & Historical, Tools and Machines, Motors and Transport.
You can sort by STL file, cost, paid or free, and then refine your search by Best Match, Best Rated, Newest, Author and a few others. Very handy.
GrabCAD is aimed at mechanical engineers and focuses on providing the resources for those guys to create better stuff. Amongst their extensive CAD library you will find some STL files to play around with in your 3D printing studio.
Their files are free, and specific to the community they serve. Don’t expect to find your everyday STL files – here you will find more complex models.
Great for original designs
Redpah is a repository of 3D printing files – both free and paid.
Look for the big red elephant (that is Redpah) to find free print files, as an open-source library, and they have good quality designs for you to buy as well. They ensure their paid files are original and you will find around 5000 files on the site.
3DShook stands out for two reasons – one, that it is exclusively designed for home 3D printers, and two, it is the world’s first ‘Subscription Print on Demand’ service.
So you can get a steady stream of STL files delivered to your inbox monthly for as little as $25pm, as well as a free trial period to see what you think. That appears to be the only “free” aspect of the site.
It has an extensive range of designs and everyone you can print on your home 3Dprinter – yes, the amateur maker is being totally looked after on this site!
Boasting 6000+ 3D models in forty-two categories, tested, designed by 3D professionals, and exclusive to the 3DShook platform.
XYZPrinting is chiefly about printers, but has a bunch of STL files under their 3D Gallery tab. You have three categories to browse: 1. Toyland, 2. Gadgets, 3. Zoo
The files are free, and there appears to be stl files under most models – but quite a lot of the images in the gallery aren’t actual 3D printed makes and leaves me wondering how well the file prints.
Unfortunately, the catalogue of 3D models is not very user-friendly. No other sub-categories, no filters, not even a search bar!! So happy scrolling folks.
STL Finder is a search engine for free 3d models.
Search results from the major repositories on the internet – millions of free STL files and 3D models at your fingertips.
Looking for 3d models for your 3d printing job? Take the easy road to find what is available for downloading.
At STLFinder you will find professional 3d models, just put in your search for a world-wide web search!
3DFind.it is a search engine for professionals and semi-professionals.
It has a fantastic search function that is on the next level – a visual search engine that crawls billions of 3D CAD & BIM models in hundreds of catalogs worldwide.
With eight different search functions – from geometric, color, functionality, and even sketch – you have a greater chance of matching your needs with the outcomes that this search engine provides.