Today sees Authentise launch what it is billing as the world’s first API to stream 3D print files. The announcement is being made at the DEMO Enterprise 2014 event, produced by the IDG Enterprise events group. Authentise’s new API gives owners of digital designs the opportunity to get paid per print without giving customers access to full design files and enables them to stream these 3D printable designs directly from their websites.
Users are able to set up the print using a website widget, after which Authentise prepares the design for print and streams the underlying commands (or G-code) directly to the printer. Design integrity and intellectual property are fully secured and maintained. Along with the announcement, the company is also reporting that retailers and brands — including Fortune 100 companies — have already signed on with Authentise to ensure their designs for spare parts, household objects, customized wearables and innovative art can be securely produced anywhere in the world.
Authentise’s launch partners include:
“3D Printing has proven that it’s capable of disrupting supply chains,” said Authentise CEO, Andre Wegner. “Our streaming tools will accelerate that trend. 80 percent of top designers refuse to release their designs for remote printing and corporations are afraid of another ‘Napster moment.’ Our product reassures design owners, giving their customers access to millions of useful designs and thus opening the gates for global distributed manufacturing.”
Today Authentise is providing a live demonstration of its 3D Design Stream API on the DEMO Enterprise 2014 stage in the 3D Printing & Wearables category and will host further live demonstrations throughout the day at Booth D18 in the DEMO Enterprise 2014 pavilion.
“After traveling the country and vetting hundreds of companies on the DEMO Tour, we are excited to select Authentise to be one of the 27 companies launching new products solving big problems at DEMO Enterprise,” said Erick Schonfeld, executive producer of DEMO.
This is going to get mixed reactions, I’m sure. What do you think?