Shapeways Director of Product Brad Dickason (@bdickason) and VP of Engineering Josh Levine introduce the new Shapeways API.
Our mission is to enable anyone to make anything they want. Today’s launch is a huge step towards that goal and we’re hoping that you will join and celebrate with us and our community about Shapeways’ revolutionary marketplace and manufacturing platform.
Our marketplace of 3D printed products is a new economic engine for product designers. Now we introduce the endless possibilities of Shapeways apps. Think about it: Just as new materials at Shapeways have created new product categories, this API creates the opportunity for developers all over the world to make apps that make products. In 2012, 8,000 Shapeways Shop Owners earned nearly $500,000 in profits, and many of these Shop Owners were app developers who took advantage of our tools for mass customization. We are bringing the power of digital fabrication to the masses, and Shapeways’ mission is becoming reality.
This first release of our API focuses on our marketplace and manufacturing. We’ve tried to make life easy for developers to upload 3D models, sell to others, and 3D print in over 30 materials and finishes including our newest material Premium Silver.
The functionality available via the 3D Printing API is continually growing, so if you are coding with us, you should regularly check our docs or the browse the JSON discovery (get JSON View). We have also developed several reference clients that showcase the API functionality and can help you get started right away!
While our new API was in private beta, we worked closely with several users to test and refine the features. Here are a couple examples of the possibilities.
Mixee Me enables you to create your own army of little people. Each character is created using a collection of clipart that the user can choose from.
Tinkercad is an easy to use, web-based CAD app designed specifically for 3D Printing. Users can create their own 3D models with no previous CAD experience and print directly to Shapeways by clicking ‘Order 3D Print’ within the app.
The Creators Project in collaboration with Softlab, Sosolimited and Sticky Monster Lab, accesses your Facebook profile to create a 3D Printed visualization of your interaction with family and friends, your likes and sharing patterns, so you can see yourself as others might see you, abstracted though the lens of the three artists and their applications.
Nu uses audio analysis to transform music into a unique piece of wearable art.
“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.”
We’re a passionate and creative team spread over 3 time zones in 2 continents. We listen to each other and prefer to add and improve ideas rather than point out why something will fail. We strive to enable intuitive leaps of understanding and readable code. To make sure that we were hearing you, we offer direct contact via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), IRC (#shapeways on freenode.net), and dedicated Skype chatrooms. We want to ensure frequent and open communication with everyone using our APIs. It is extremely important for us to maintain an extremely low barrier to entry for anyone who wants to create real-life products from digital 3D objects.
We hope you’ll join us in making the future. We’re here to help you create!