Happy birthday 3DBenchy – 5 years today

Happy birthday 3DBenchy – 5 years today

On April 9th, 2015 Creative Tools launched what was to become one of the world’s most manufactured boats – the 3DBenchy. The goal was to present a 3D model difficult for 3D printers to print and to use to compare 3D printers, a benchmark test file. Hence its name. By analysing the faulty print results and also consulting the 3DBenchy troubleshooting database guide the 3D printer and/or its software settings are adjusted until the print results are perfect.

The model is easily recognisable, likable, accessible and free to share. It was uploaded as STL file to Thingiverse 5 years ago today. See our first blog post about this 3D legend here (in Swedish).

Over the past 5 years a multitude of customised fun spin-offs and creative 3DBenchy accessories have been published in various 3D communities worldwide.

Today #3DBenchy has been downloaded more than 2 million times from Thingiverse alone. And several thousands of downloads from other 3D model channels.

The future is looking bright for this 6 cm long hard-working tugboat.

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