MakerBot has recently declared a new Thingiverse Developer Program that enables developers to add new functionalities and services to the largest 3D printing community in the world. The new Developer Program invites the community to shape this next chapter by enabling even greater possibilities in the Thingiverse community. The new additions include Thing App APIs that allows developers to create apps and services that appear directly on a Thing page, in app purchases and tips, as well as a new Thingiverse Developer Portal.
MakerBot partnered with 3D Hubs to implement their print fulfilment service on Thingiverse, bringing 3D printing to everyone, even those who don’t own or have access to a 3D printer. MakerBot also partnered with Mixed Dimensions to implement a MakePrintable app that allows users to analyze and repair 3D design files before printing them. The new Thingiverse Developer Program and the 3DHubs and MakePrintable apps are expected to launch in the next few weeks.
The new Thingiverse Developer Program adds Thing App APIs that extends the functionality of Thingiverse itself. The new Thing App APIs enable developers to create apps that appear directly on a Thing page, including three different categories: print apps that provide print services, customization apps that allow users to customize a thing, and tools/utilities apps that analyze, fix or modify a thing.