Figure 1: Printables.com is the featured 3D models site on 3DShapeIndex.com.
Ames, Iowa – September 20, 2022 – According to their website, Printables.com is designed to be “open and welcoming to all 3D printer owners.” Our experience at 3DShapeIndex.com in indexing 3D models from multiple sites on the web demonstrates the convenient accessibility of 3D models on Printables.com for 3D indexing, and subsequently, for 3D shape search on 3DShapeIndex.com, Figure 1.
The iSEEK Corporation web crawler, CADseek Phoenix, is constantly crawling the web for additional accessible 3D content to include in the index. 3DShapeIndex users browse datasets using:
- a 2D navigation grid to explore the content available and to select a target for performing a shape search, or
- a 3D model selected from their desktop as a search target for local processing and without the need to upload their 3D model using the iSEEK3D application available for download from 3DShapeIndex.com.
All shape searches are performed in real-time after the user selects the search target and the datasets to search, Figure 2. The results are displayed with hyperlinks to the source page for downloading the 3D model according to the source site guidelines or for examining associated attributes, Figure 3.