App review: Thingiverse opens the wonderful world of 3D

App review: Thingiverse opens the wonderful world of 3D

If it exists, it's probably been 3D printed. Everything from engine parts to jewellery and even replacement organs have been churned out of 3D printers, from ever-cheaper consumer models to commercial-scale beasts.

MakerBot Industries has been at the heart of the 3D printing scene since it was founded in New York in 2009. Its app has everything you need if you're thinking of joining this crafty community. Well, everything except the printer itself.

It aims to encourage everyone to discover, share and create 3D objects by showing the best of what's getting made. It also asks contributors to share their designs using a creative commons license.

With the free iOS app, users can promote their work by creating profiles and uploading slideshows of their collections by from within the app, then sharing via social networks or email.

They can also like what others have shared. If you're not a maker or even a wannabe, this app still has the power to inspire innovative types by showcasing the latest in 3D printing — from the arty to the weird — and how these objects came to life.