Makerbot's patent lawyers have issued a patent application for:
I've defended Makerbot's decisions in the past. But this one decision taints everything Makerbot in my opinion. This is a low, ugly move. The last time Thingiverse had a huge migration I kinda thought people were being a bit silly. But this time... I'm committed to never put anything else on Thingiverse ever again. Gotta decide between YouMagine or Treasure Island or pinshape. Maybe I'll do them all.
So I guess in the end this is good for me. I now have no choice but to find an alternative to Thingiverse. So thank you Makerbot for being so despicable as to force my hand.