Shapeways Announces Programmable Models

By on November 21st, 2013 in Service

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3D printing service Shapeways has released “ShapeJS”, a programming environment that can generate 3D models using Javascript programs. 
In other words, if you know how to use Javascript, one of the most popular tools for creating dynamic web pages, you’ll be able to produce 3D models simply by describing them with code, including complex mathematical structures such as the example shown above.  
While there may be few consumers who use ShapeJS to build their own 3D models for printing at Shapeways, the intent of the service is to permit 3D entrepreneurs and developers to create generative apps for their Shapeways online stores. Imagine a web page where you can specify a few parameters, perhaps push a few sliders to and fro, and suddenly a customized 3D model appears, just for you. 
Like most Shapeways innovations, this service begins in a beta state for testing. But you can certainly give it a try. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!