No matter what, I’m going to want to download the design onto a real computer and examine it with MY software before accepting/agreeing/quoting anything. So, all this is a waste of time from my perspective.
For a long time, they’ve been pouring all their resources into trying to automate this check out, at the expense of everything else, and I think it’s a huge blunder. Just like how they have buried this forum (which used to be the first google result when searching just about any 3d printing related question), they are burring the hub operator. They want your machines, but not you. Mistake.
The more useless 3d viewers/analyzers/etc they add, the more expensive the site becomes to run and the more obsessed they become with “conversion rate”. Seems like cannot afford for people to play around on here without placing orders anymore.
Getting this massive variety of people/machines/materials standardized and automated isn’t realistic. Instead of expensive software acquisitions, customer service people with minimal hands on 3d printing experience, and ridged check out systems, I think they would have been better off letting the hubs continue to do all this work. They seem to think that the hub operators are the weak link in their business instead of a resource.
3d Hubs cannot manage my machines for me. They don’t know anything about them. They still call my machines “other”, so I don’t think they would be interested in my firmware setting anyway.