The Autodesk Forge Model Derivative API allows users to share designs in different formats, and to obtain metadata. It features STL and OBJ support, data extraction, and thumbnail creation. The Model Derivative API is REST based, exchanges information in JSON format, and uses OAuth 2 for authentication. Autodesk is a California based design and business firm that provides industry leading software such as AutoCAD, Maya, and Fusion 360.
Autodesk announced several updates to the Forge platform including the release of three new APIs; Data Management API, Model Derivative API, and 3D Print API. The company also announced that 3D Robotics (3DR), MakeTime and Seebo are the initial investees of the Autodesk Forge Fund.