3D Printing

Sculpteo Opens its 3D Printing Cloud Engine to the Public

Good news for developers, Sculpteo wants you to dig into their API and have some fun!


According to Sculpteo Marketing Manager Arthur Cassaignau’s recent blog post: “We’ve always had one task: allow everyone -business or individual- to manufacture anything they want through 3D printing. That’s why we’ve been the first online 3D printing service to launch its API. With now hundreds of integrations, our 3D Printing Cloud Engine is powering a wide range of website, apps and brick-and-mortar stores to give users access to amazing 3D printing possibilities and open new business opportunities. Now playing with 3D printing and 3D files should also be reserved to businesses. There is no reason why developers should be left alone, here is a kindly reminder of every awesome tricks you can pull up using Sculpteo’s API.”

If you want to begin implementing the Sculpteo API on your own website, or begin developing apps that take advantage of their 3D Printing Cloud Engine, here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Get a Sculpteo account.

Step 2: Consult the API documentation to connect your own software/infrastructure to Sculpteo.

Some of the cool things you can do include:

  1. If you have an account, you know that you can upload your 3D models, which will be repaired “automagically”. Well, the same goes for the API, except that you’ll be able to do it from your own website or application.
  2. You can display 3D models, galleries, and thumbnails on your site or application with Sculpteo’s embed functionality, like the company’s own 3D viewer.
  3. If you want to offer prices and pass the print over to Sculpteo from your app or website, you can do so, but you have to contact Sculpteo first, to set this up.


This is a phenomenal way to empower 3D enthusiasts who also like to code.  It gives small business owners or individual artists a great option for displaying 3D models and selling 3D printed copies of their product or work. Here’s the really awesome part: if you don’t know how to code at all, you can use their built in iframe to embed what you’ll need to enable your users and visitors the ability to order 3D prints right from your site.

At the same time, the release of their API competes with distributed manufacturing network 3D Hubs, which also just opened its API to the public.  As 3D Hubs has partnered with Sketchfab, 3D models can also be embedded into sites via the Sketchfab 3D modelling community, before being purchased via a local 3D hub.  Sculpteo, then, which just received €5 million in funding, is stepping up its game significantly here, with the API of competitors Shapeways and i.materialise still closed to the public.