Shapeways screen scraper

Discussion in 'Shapeways Shops' started by euphy, May 17, 2010.

  1. euphy
    euphy New Member
    Hello, I know this has been discussed a little in the RSS thread somewhere, but I was wondering what the official line is about using the shapeways service without going through the main interface.

    I have an external site at that currently has a neat embedded etsy gizmo, but what I'd really like is to have my own gizmo that will automatically update with a shopfront of my products from etsy _and_ from shapeways. Essentially I'm planning on writing a simple page scraper that will look through my shapeways shop, harvest my products and deliver them as a bit of xml ready to be integrated into my own site with my own styles and branding. When a user clicks a link, then naturally they are taken to the shapeways site, and any shopping basket lives there.

    I understand that there might be a problem with that - that the shapeways site itself could decline in importance (it might just end up as a manufacturer and a shopping cart / payment processor). And you'd be paying to serve up lots of data, but not getting the advantage of being able to control how it's presented and branded.

    Let me know if this would cause frowns at shapeways hq!

    We're a technical bunch here on shapeways too - I'm surprised something like this does not already exist? Or does it?

  2. rawkstar320
    rawkstar320 New Member
    They said in a blog that they were going to try and allow embedding this year. So..hopefully soon.
  3. joris
    joris New Member
    We have an API so that you can integrate Shapeways with a 3D modeling tool or your website. ce

    So we actively encourage people experimenting with integrating us. Your approach, with regards to the Shops, is very interesting and I'd love to see if it worked.


  4. euphy
    euphy New Member
    Cheers Joris, I'd forgotten about the uploading API, that was designed as a way for modelling programs to offer a "send to shapeways" type button? Is there any reason why we can't write our own co-creator-type programs,or model generators using this API?

    Sandy Noble
  5. joris
    joris New Member
    We would love for you to do this and are looking for community members to actively partner with in order to do this.