Lithuania’s CGTrader is a dynamic platform for 3D printing designers that is about to become even more so, thanks to an API that they are launching for businesses interested in using the service for themselves as well as expanding offerings to their own clients.
Allowing business users to upload 3D models as well as offer designs to customers, the new application programming interface gives businesses added benefits and better workflow. The whole point of an API is to streamline, allowing savings of time, as they offer users the ability to use numerous functions easily.
For CGTrader, this means that the API will allow developers, designers, those involved in creating apps, and more, to experience great efficiency as they ‘monetize their models’ by being able to upload them with very little effort.
“API launch is a meaningful step forward in expanding our 3D content library, creating business opportunities as well as improving designer workflows. We believe the API will benefit many players in the 3D industry, such as 3D scanning software developers, who will have an opportunity to upload and sell designs automatically, and 3D modeling or 3D printing services, which will expand their offering to the customers. 3D content is especially critical today, as growth in virtual and augmented reality as well as 3D printing is boosting demand for 3D models and access to 3D content library can be a source of competitive advantage,” said Dalia Lasaite, co-founder and CEO of CGTrader.
With a much larger range of 3D content available due to the API, CGTrader sees the following being positively affected:
- 3D printing services
- 3D software vendors
- Retail businesses seeking offer a wide variety of offerings
- 3D marketplaces interested in collaborating
“We are excited to provide the opportunity to get 3D printable model listings, images and purchase models on CGTrader through the API. This will be especially interesting for businesses seeking to expand their product catalogs, and software vendors aiming to ease 3D design workflows, thereby creating win-win partnerships,” explained Lasaite.
We’ve followed CGTrader extensively as they are a company that’s always offering more, from exciting, industry relevant 3D printing challenges to showing off the latest and greatest 3D printed models.
Founded in 2011 and backed from seeding funding by Lithuanian venture capital fund Practica Capital and Intel Capital, CGTrader has a very strong community of 3D designers working within their platform, sharing, buying, and selling–as well as having the option to hire designers for custom jobs. Artists are able to highlight their work and glean a great deal of valuable feedback, learning, and interaction from the community.
They continue to work and partner with companies such as Prototypster, Intel RealSense and are looking toward the future as they launch innovative new products and branch out with other partnerships. Businesses and developers can find out more about the API here. Discuss this story here.