Makers have a lot of 3D printing resources at their disposal these days – far more than they did even just a couple of years ago. You can now add one more to that list – i.materialise integration with Dropbox now lets you print right from your iPhone or iPad.
Not sure what benefits that brings? Let’s take a closer look.
The New Integration with Dropbox
If you’re not using Dropbox itself, chances are good that you’re using a similar platform. Cloud storage and sharing platforms have become ubiquitous today and for good reason.
They let you store important documents off your hard drive and make them accessible from other devices, or even let you share them with friends, team members or coworkers. For makers using Dropbox, a new capability is now on offer – you can print your 3D object right from a wireless device (iOS devices, at any rate).
The folks at i.materialise have partnered with Dropbox (officially) to introduce a new feature that allows you to store your 3D prints in the cloud and then send them straight to i.materialise for printing. You can use pretty much any iOS device, including your iPod, iPhone or iPad.
All you need to do is click on the button labeled “Upload 3D model from Dropbox” on your i.materialise page. You can then choose the file you want after connecting your Dropbox account (you’ll need the app on your device, of course).
From that point, you just choose the details of how you want your print to be completed. You can choose from different materials (over 100 options), as well as different finishes.
You even get an instant price quote for the print so you can tailor the process to your budget.
If you’re new to the world of Dropbox, you’ll find plenty of other capabilities as well. For instance, you can now edit Adobe documents right from the website or the app without having to have the actual Adobe program.
That’s more than handy for makers on the go and using PDFs and other Adobe formats.
If you’re an Adobe CC member, then you can make use of the partnership between them and Stratasys that allows you to send your 3D prints from Photoshop to Direct Express without actually having to close down Photoshop (it’s all integrated into the program for a seamless experience).
These are just a few examples of how everything is becoming more interconnected, and how much makers can benefit from these emerging partnerships.