I want to upload some of my works to Thingiverse without making my real name public (displaying it on the profile page).

I think it is OK to register my name to the site unless the make it public, and it is required by the terms to provide truthful and accurate information.

I tried creating an account on the site, but I deleted it because I couldn't find the way to hide my name (set another one) from the profile page in a short time.

I see some accounts that doesn't seem showing their real name (for example, their name on profile equals to their account ID, or at least not in two parts: first and last name as required on registration), so I guess this is archivable.


How can I set my name for profile page on Thingiverse after registration and logging in?

  • $\begingroup$ Maybe I should use YouMagine or makershop.co, which don't seem asking my first & last name, to share my works. $\endgroup$
    – MikeCAT
    Feb 11 '16 at 10:03

To change your displayed name (as opposed to username) in Thingiverse:

  1. Go to your profile page
  2. Click "Edit Profile" on the info column on the left
  3. At the top, next to "Thingiverse Settings" is another link/tab called "Makerbot Settings". Click that.
  4. Change the First Name and Last Name fields, and save.

Note that neither First nor Last Name is required; if neither is provided, your username will be displayed in place of your display name.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, it worked! I thought making them blank is impossible because they said First & Last names are required on registration. $\endgroup$
    – MikeCAT
    Feb 13 '16 at 1:06
  • $\begingroup$ I joined this community just to +1. It makes sense that Makebot would put this setting into a place that people least expect, since the company is not exactly integral to the community anymore. $\endgroup$ Oct 17 '18 at 22:58
  • $\begingroup$ If editing, beware that true anonymity is achieved: your public profile will have been indexed by Google etc, and the case of Google can be revealed by "View Cached Page" in their search results. $\endgroup$ Oct 17 '18 at 23:03

You can put whatever name you want in when you make an account - You decide what your name is, people go by pseudonyms in 'real life' all the time, this is perfectly acceptable. There are actually very few places where you have a legal obligation to provide your name as it appears on your birth certificate. Opening a Thingiverse account is not one of them.

To answer the other part of your question, yes, it is possible to change the name displayed after you have created your account. I would be surprised if they bother to actually keep an archive of past names though.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but the point of his question is it's totally non-intuitive where to locate this setting. It's "hidden" under "Makerbot settings", a place I would never ever look since I do not have a Makerbot device. $\endgroup$ Oct 17 '18 at 23:00

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