MakerBot for Onshape helps Onshape users prototype faster by using fully cloud-based CAD-to-part workflows. The Integrated Cloud App, free in the Onshape App Store, lets you seamlessly send your CAD designs to MakerBot Cloud, MakerBot’s web-based slicer, and initiate print jobs on connected machines.
You can eliminate time to export Onshape designs and open desktop print preparation applications. The new workflow allows you to:
- Keep all CAD data in the cloud so that 3D prints can be initiated remotely.
- See the progress of active prints within the MakerBot web application.
- Access printers associated with your account from any location.
- Select entire assemblies or individual parts and send them to a connected MakerBot 3D printer.
Let’s take a look at how the MakerBot for Onshape app works.
First, login to your MakerBot Cloud account directly from the Onshape application and view all available printers associated with your profile.
Then, after selecting the appropriate part or assembly, the model is shared with MakerBot Cloud and you can adjust the print settings directly in the cloud-based print-preparation application.
The plated models can be sent to any MakerBot machine authorized to your account.
For example, you can start a print job across geographies and have a collaborating engineer with physical access to a MakerBot machine “receive” the 3D print you have initiated.
The workflow shortens design cycles by providing the ability to continuously utilize 3D printing resources at any location, and allows engineering teams to keep CAD data accessible in the cloud.
Integrating with Onshape is MakerBot’s latest step toward providing more engineers with a seamless transition from CAD to functional parts. Combined with the speed and precision of MakerBot METHOD printers, Onshape users will have new capabilities to quickly print manufacturing tools, end-use parts, and functional prototypes not available previously.
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Jason Chan is the Director of Product Management at MakerBot. Prior to joining MakerBot, he was a management consultant working in multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and retail. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, yoga, and traveling.
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The “MakerBot for Onshape” app helps Onshape users prototype faster by using fully cloud-based CAD-to-part workflows.