MakerBot Developer Program | An Invitation to Innovate

Posted by on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Are you a software developer in search of new frontiers? You’re in luck. Our new MakerBot Developer Program provides the tools and resources to integrate with the expanding MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, giving developers like you access to the fast-growing 3D printing market.

If you’re an innovative web application or game developer interested in creating apps that integrate with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, sign up today.

New API’s and More
We will be providing APIs allowing integration with the MakerBot Cloud Library, the MakerBot Desktop app, and MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Participating developers will also receive access to API documentation, development support, and discounted MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers for testing.

Engage Your Users in the Physical World
Adding easy-to-print 3D content to your application is a great way to increase engagement and grow your customer base. Take advantage of the new market for branded 3D models by building challenges and rewards into your app that utilize downloadable, 3D printable models.

Free and Flexible
The MakerBot Developer Program is completely free. MakerBot takes no fees or percentages from your app sales. How a user accesses your app is up to you, whether you choose the iTunes or Google Play app store, your website, or another destination. We’ll also promote your app as part of a collection of MakerBot-Ready Apps within MakerBot Desktop and on

Modio: Our First Development Partner
We’re pleased to introduce our first developer partnership with Modio, makers of a digital design app that lets you drag and connect modular parts to design your own 3D-printable creatures. Use their fun and powerful tablet app for iOS to create scorpions, ninjas, and dinosaur-skinned robots. We’re looking forward to seeing more amazing apps from participants in the MakerBot Developer Program.

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  • Justin Nesselrotte
    June 21, 2014 at 5:12 am

    I signed up for this on the 19th, and I still haven’t heard anything about the program. Apparently, an associate was suppose to contact me. Why is it a non automated system? Are you trying to make sure what developers want to do will work? If it’s just a concern with the discount price for the printer, you could reserve that for people who you’ve had an associate contact, but I’d at least like to look at what’s currently available without needing to talk to someone.

    Also, there’s no indication that that’s how the system is set up. There should be something that says “sign up here, and we’ll contact you for details”. If there was, I apologize.

  • David Flournoy
    June 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I am very interested in buying the Replicator 2X experimental printer.

    I have been designing software for Perfect Technology for 17 years
    One of the most memorable projects was when I developed the sub surface 3d software for the lasers that Crystal Magic had at Epcot Center in Disney World.

    Perfect Technology Inc designed and constructed the laser engravers.
    I am retiring this year but want to continue with my own business of
    C02 Laser developement , cnc routers and cnc mechanical engraving.

    I am considering buying the Replicator 2X since it is listed as an experimental
    machine. This looks like exactly what I would want to work with.

    David Flournoy
    JD Enterprises dba The Candleabria

  • Max Friefeld
    June 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Hi Justin and David,

    I’m part of the team putting together the Developer Program and I wanted to answer your questions.

    We are launching the developer program as an early stage collaboration with people, teams, and companies building cool apps and programs that are even more amazing when they hook right in to our 3D printing ecosystem. This means extended Thingiverse APIs as well as APIs for talking to our networked 5th Generation MakerBots. There are a number of really great services and functions that we are going to be including in these interfaces.

    However, they are still young. Much of them are lacking proper documentation and the stability that we would like to give the community. So we need to roll this out gradually. We would like to start with a small group of highly involved developers giving us feedback and helping us build out robust interfaces and SDK components to share with everyone. The discount is part of our way of saying thank you to everyone helping us get this program off the ground.

    Thank you for signing up. We are really excited to bring on as many developers as possible. We will be emailing you soon.

    Max Friefeld
    Digital Products

  • Andrew Gorbaty
    September 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I am working on a design project with two other friends and we wanted to create a cooling system which allows for a better fidelity on the Makerbot model. Would these APIs allow access to controlling the speed of the Makerbot nozzle (or controlling anything within the hardware for that matter)? Also, I signed up for this program on the 10th of September, and I was wondering when you would roll out the program to developers.

    Thanks so much for working hard to create this. I am very excited to see what these APIs bring!

  • Pradeep Kukreti
    January 21, 2015 at 3:56 am


    I have created my account for Developer program, but guess it is still under process. Please let me know when can I be able tp access the makerbot APIs and other developer stuff. I need to start on the integration with makerbot 3D printers real soon.


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