We’ve just released new ways for integrating equipment and tools with Fabman.
3rd-party bridge API
It’s already straightforward to connect any machine to Fabman using our bridges. But we’ve just added another way: A new API allows you to hook up equipment via anything that can send JSON via HTTPS – a Raspberry Pi, Arduino or even a small plugin for your favorite job control software.
Wanna hook up your coffee machine or integrate your existing door keycard system? Just add your equipment to Fabman, create a bridge API key, and start POSTing to the new endpoints.
With minimal work, you’ll get access to the benefits of a full Fabman integration:
- a flexible permission system,
- online machine status information,
- enforced bookings,
- automatic charges based on equipment usage,
- and everything’s recorded in the activity log, so you know what’s happening in your lab.
To get started, have a look at the bridge API documentation.
Log metadata API
Speaking of the activity log, you can now extend every log entry with machine parameters, status information, details about the used material, or any other JSON data you need.
Some customers want to track the type and amount of filament used for each 3D print job together with print duration, progress, etc.. They could even use this data to automatically create charges based on material consumption instead of machine time.
Others plan to record laser cutter settings and material properties to investigate why lenses and exhaust filters sometimes fail more frequently than they should. And I’m sure the Fabman community will find lots of other uses for the new metadata API.