April 18, 2014
3D Hubs, a collaborative 3D printer network, announced the introduction of a new enterprise-grade API that connects creators and users of 3D content to its global network of over 3,800 3D printers in 80 countries. 3D Hubs also announced that design software company Autodesk will be the first company to integrate the 3D Hubs 3D print network API for the Autodesk 123D family of apps.
The Autodesk 123D family of apps provides free 3D design software with content modeling and fabrication services. A seamless online workflow from the Autodesk site to 3D Hubs is now in place, and the 3D Hubs API will be fully integrated within the Autodesk platform.
“3D printers might not yet be in every home the way televisions and phones are, but that doesn’t mean everyday consumers won’t 3D print,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of consumer products at Autodesk. “Integrating the 3D Hubs printer network will provide Autodesk users with more convenient access to 3D printing from fellow designers and makers located just around the corner.”
“We are thrilled to expose our global network of 3D printers to the millions of designers worldwide who use Autodesk 123D apps. Not only will 3D Hubs benefit from additional orders from the Autodesk 123D ecosystem, but Autodesk can offer a fast and affordable new 3D printing option to their users,” said Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder, 3D Hubs.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.