As many of you know, we are working hard on a brand new version of the ShapeDiver platform and plugin. This means ShapeDiver will be undergoing some exciting changes in the next few weeks. While we are obviously looking forward to telling you about all the new stuff that’s coming, we are starting with some housekeeping by announcing the end of life for one of our original features, the Shapeways integration in our Grasshopper plugin.
We are still very much invested in the topic of additive manufacturing, but we have concluded that the integration to a single 3D printing provider in its current form is not the best way to leverage ShapeDiver’s potential in this field. And you, our users, have apparently reached the same conclusion as the feature has only achieved very low adoption.
We are confident that our new APIs will provide a comfortable starting point for connecting your Grasshopper scripts to the 3D printing provider of your choice. This will give you full control over UI and UX, something many of you have consistently described as very important.
As a consequence, our servers will stop issuing requests to the Shapeways API concurrent with our backend update scheduled for the end of May. The Shapeways components in our plugin version 1 will stop working for all models currently hosted on ShapeDiver at that time, and they will not be included in the upcoming version 2.0 of the plugin.
Please feel free to reply to this post with any questions and concerns you may have. We are happy to discuss with you about alternatives and solutions to your additive manufacturing needs!