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Watershed Moment: Windows 8.1 Offers Native Support for 3D Printing

Windows 8.1 3D Printing

Windows 8.1 Adds 3D Printing to the OS

In a watershed moment for 3D printing adoption, Microsoft announced native OS support for 3D printing.

Microsoft executive Antoine Leblond demonstrated the new capabilities on stage at Microsoft’s Build conference. Developers will be able to build apps that can export objects to a 3D printer with a single click. Leblond commented that 3D printing will be “just as easy and seamless as printing in 2D.”

Leblond called out two 3D printers that will have native support in Windows 8.1: the MakerBot Replicator 2 and the 3D Systems Cube.

MakerBot Replicator 2

How to learn more about Windows 8.1 and 3D Printing

Microsoft has updated the Windows product development guide to include some documentation about 3D printing.

Windows 8.1 Preview adds support for 3D printing, allowing printers to seamlessly install with plug and play support, to queue jobs for printing, and to be managed by Windows. It also enables Windows Store apps to submit 3D print jobs to these devices.

Digging deeper into the documentation, there is an outline of how to get started. To add 3D printing to your app, you must:

  • Be familiar with C++, 3D manufacturing API, and Windows printing.
  • Have Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 Preview for Windows installed.
  • Have an app to which you want to add printing. If you don’t have your own app, you can download the 3D Print Sample app and use that app.
  • Have a 3D-capable printer installed. If you do not have a 3D printer, you can get a sample 3D print driver package from Microsoft’s 3D Printing SDK.


Exclusive: Cubify by 3D Systems Prints at Google I/O and Launches API

Cubify by 3D Systems at Google I/O

Cubify by 3D systems hosted a 3D printing station at Google I/O in San Francisco this week. At this station, the 6,000+ Google I/O attendees could design their own custom 3D printed Nexus phone stand and print it off at the show.

Not only was the Cubify team educating people about 3D Printing, but also were announcing their public API to thousands of Android developers who might want to build a 3D printing app.

We took some photos of the team showing off some 3D printed goods, such as a belt, glove and tie.

Cubify 3D Printed Goods at Google IO

The Cube printers were on display in various colors, each working to print a custom Nexus phone stand for a lucky attendee.

Cube 3D Printer at Google IO

They also had some goods that were created on other 3D printers by 3D Systems, such as the guitar in this photo.

3D Printed Guitar by 3D Systems


Read more about 3D Systems and Cubify in our previous posts.

Photos by on3dprinting.com.