3D Hubs, the world's largest collaborative 3D printer network, has introduced an enterprise-level API aimed at connecting creators and users of 3D content to the company's network of more than 3,800 3D printers located in 80 countries.

As part of the rollout, 3D Hubs says design software leader Autodesk, Inc. will be the first company to integrate the 3D Hubs 3D print network API by adding the functionality into the Autodesk 123D family of apps.

Autodesk 123D is 3D design software used for content modeling and fabrication services. Both companies now say a "seamless online workflow from the Autodesk 123Dapp.com site to 3D Hubs is now in place," and they add that the 3D Hubs API will be fully integrated to the Autodesk platform sometime in the next few months.

"3D printers might not yet be in every home the way televisions and phones are, but that doesn't mean everyday consumers won't 3D print," said Samir Hanna, vice president of consumer products at Autodesk. "Integrating the 3D Hubs printer network will provide Autodesk users with more convenient access to 3D printing from fellow designers and makers located just around the corner."

To celebrate this new collaboration, 3D Hubs and Autodesk say they'll be hosting a free 3D modeling and printing workshop which includes a networking mixer at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco on April 11, 2014.

The Autodesk Gallery features more than 20 exhibits of design and engineering projects from around the world. You can learn more about the event and register to attend on the 3D Hubs blog.

"We're thrilled to expose our global network of 3D printers to the millions of designers worldwide who use Autodesk 123D apps," said Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder, 3D Hubs. "Not only will 3D Hubs benefit from additional orders from the Autodesk 123D ecosystem, but Autodesk can offer a fast and affordable new 3D printing option to their users."

Founded in April 2013 by two former 3D Systems employees and based in Amsterdam, NL, 3D Hubs is a privately held company.