Display a 3D model using the Cloud Engine
The second step to consider when offering an online 3D printing service to your customers is how to display (such that they could check and eventually customize) the 3D prints. Sculpteo has multiple display options available for embed on your site to make the process as easy as possible but you can also choose to display the 3D models by your own means using information you need on our servers.
You'll find the following information on displaying a 3D model on this page:
- General information on the personalization of your 3D models
- Displaying your 3D model in an embedded window
- Display the 3D model by your own means
The following diagram gives a detailed description of the available possibilities:
General information on the personalization of your 3D models
Personalizing 3D Models
Sculpteo offers a number of tools for the personalization of the 3D models uploaded to our site:
- Choose the materials and finishes among the 50+ available combinations
- Choose the scale of the 3D print
- Add a text, a form, an image, or a colouring effect to the 3D model
Create configurable 3D design
Instead of choosing a general personalization of your 3D model (as described above), you can develop parametric 3D designs. The integration remains the same, but the configuration gives finer control over the options available to the user - or even to create entirely new designs.
Here are some examples of configuration of 3D design:
- Changing the color of a 3D model
- Changing the size of a 3D model, given particular restraints.
- Affix text or an image to a precise location
- Generate an even more advanced 3D model using a script
Multiple computer languages are compatible with our Cloud Engine, including:
|XML||Set 3D designs using XML|
|OpenScad||Set 3D designs using OpenScad|
Load your 3D model using an embedded window
The easiest and fastest solution to place a customizable 3D model in your website is to embed a product page. You can embed the page in two ways:
- through an iFrame , which is an HTML element that allows you to insert one webpage within another
- or with an Overlay Box , which is an HTML element that allows you to insert one webpage above another
"Displaying a 3D model within an iFrame
Displaying a product page
Sculpteo's product page can be embedded in another site through a window consisting of a 3D viewer, the solidity check, three personalization tabs, the material choice, and the size options. The window automatically generates the manufacturing costs of the 3D object however the shipping cost is determined later, given the final customer's location and delivery choices.
When using an embedded window, you don't need to develop a page to visualize the products. All of the necessary elements are integrated directly into the downloadable iFrame - an example of which is below.
Embed a product page onto your site: Tutorial
Displaying a 3D gallery
Instead of loading each product page into an iframe, you can also embed an entire Sculpteo shop or gallery onto your site, allowing your customers to choose from a plethora of designs. The selected product will also be able to be purchased from directly within the iFrame as described in the previous section.
If you would like to offer 3D printed phone cases from Sculpteo's affiliate 3DPCase on your website, you are able to embed an entire part of that site, including personalization parameters, onto your own.
Tutorial: Embed a Sculpteo Gallery on your site
Displaying a 3D model using an Overlay Box
The alternative to integrating an iFrame directly into your site is to create an overlay box which will hover above the web design you already have in place. The overlay box works similarly to the iFrame and needs just a call to action to be loaded above your site.Tutorial: Embed a product page on your website
Displaying a 3D model by your own means
Our iFrames and Overlay Boxes are practical and easy to put into place, but there may arise a time that you'd prefer to use your own means to display your 3D models. It is possible to display only the 3D viewer or just a single thumbnail , but you can also automatically request information to our servers in order to create your own product page that will be associated with each object.
In order to do this, you'll need to make a couple queries on the materials and the designs.
3D design queries
To obtain the information regarding a particular list of 3D models pertaining to a certain criteria or even just one design in particular, you can make a GET query from our information base. The query will respond with a JSON file, and give the following information: name, description, designer, UUID, images, materials, links, size, etc.
These are the possible parameters to use for narrowing your search:
|order_by||Orders the 3D Designs||"timestamp","rate"|
|designer||Limits the search to one designer in particular||string|
|design_list||Limits the search to a single list of designs||string|
|search||Search for a chain of characters||string|
Material queries of a 3D print
In certain cases, you may need the information regarding the materials choices proposed through Sculpteo (plastic, resin, ceramic, silver, etc.)
You'll find all of the material characteristics in the following JSON file .
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