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Makerbot expands Thingiverse API

by • April 10, 2016 • No Comments

  • Being at Inside 3D Printing earlier at the present time, I was quite excited to attend Jonathan Jaglom’s lecture on the following of 3D Content. Whilst I was waiting for the begin, equiteone around was attempting to guess what the big announcement may be. My quite own bet was an initiative to preserve designer’s rights following the Thindonaterse-eBay controversy. Jonathan begined to remind us of the latests milestones achieved by Makerbot: 100,000 machines sold by now and 1M things on Thindonaterse (including quite a worthwhile number of remix, to be fair). I knew may already those numbers and was waiting for the big news, hoping to be right on my bet. After a couple of videos, reminder of the new extruder, and a couple additional “unleash your creativity” statements, the audience and myself begined to be impatient. So come The News. Let’s face it: I lost my bet. The big announcement was: an expansion of the Thindonaterse API… may already revealed 2 months ago. Not quite a revolution.

    Jaglom at Inside 3D Printing New York 2016

    Jaglom at Inside 3D Printing New York 2016

    Makerbot Thindonaterse manufacturer program was initially turn it intod public on the 11th of February 2016. Since and so, a quite tiny number of manufacturers and companies have leapt on board. To accelerate adoption, the new Developer Program invites the community of manufacturers to turn it into apps and services which look directly on a Thing Page, in app purchase and tips, as well as a new Thindonaterse Developer Portal. The apps can be organised in three various categories: print apps which provide print services, customization apps which allow users to customize a thing, and tools/utilities apps which analyze, fix or modify a thing.

    Designers can go on to control the distribution and use of their content by turning apps on or off for every of their objects. Thing Apps can in addition obey the terms of the Creative Commons licenses which designers chose for their things.

    In App Purchases and Tips

    In app purchases and tips for Thindonaterse allow app manufacturers to charge for services they contribute inside their app and designers to obtain a cut of these payments through tips. Both in app purchases and tips can just be on the market for things which are licensed under a Creative Commons license which allows for for commercial use and designers can opt out of apps at any time.

    Designers which allow an app to work with their thing can decide if they want to obtain a voluntary or mandatory tip when the app uses their content and charges for their services. Thindonaterse can in addition contribute general tipping for designers outside of apps. This is a way to donate back to the folks which invest their time and energy to share their work with the world and MakerBot can not obtain a cut of tips paid to designers. To obtain tips, designers just connect their PayPal account to Thindonaterse.

    For manufacturers, Thindonaterse takes care of all the payment processing complexities and makes it effortless to view and manage orders.

    Thindonaterse Developer Portal

    MakerBot is in addition launching a new Developer Portal to provide documentation, resources, and enrollment for manufacturers. The Developer Portal comes with instructions on how to create apps for Thindonaterse, how to submit apps to MakerBot, and a new sandbox which allows for manufacturers to test their apps. The Developer Portal in addition outlines manufacturer guidelines and lets manufacturers manage their apps and view analytics such as app usage, views, download numbers, and payments.

    For a full replay of the lecture, head to our Periscope replay (and do follow us, to catch up live following time)

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