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Microsoft Continues 3D Printing Initiative with Free Windows 8 App
In June, Microsoft announced that 3D printing would be supported natively in Windows 8.1, promising that 3D printing will be “just as easy and seamless as printing in 2D.”
Today, Microsoft expanded on their support for 3D printing by launching a Windows 8 app called 3D Builder.
“3D Builder has a catalog of objects you can create from ornaments to toys and more,” said Kristina Libby, Global Consumer PR Lead for Microsoft. “The clean, simple user interface lets you scale, rotate and adjust what you want to print. Add multiple objects to a single print – even stack or push objects into one another to create new ones. Printing 3D objects created in other applications or ones that are downloaded from the Internet is really easy with the 3D Builder app and touch as well.”
Microsoft has been building partnerships in the 3D printing ecosystem. According to Libby, 3D Systems, MakerBot and TierTime will be supporting Windows 8.1 in time for the holiday season. And Microsoft retail stores are currently carrying MakerBot 3D printers.
Below are some screenshots of the new app. Go to the Windows Store to get a copy for yourself.
3D Printing News
A roundup of the top 3D printing news from July 8 to July 14:
Monday, July 8
Tuesday, July 9
- 3D Printed Spider is So Life-Like It’s Scary (Video)
- 3D Printing Startup Mixee Labs Launches Customizable 3D Printed Cufflinks
Wednesday, July 10
- MakerBot and Stratasys Take Center Stage at the Inside 3D Printing Chicago Keynote
- 3D Printing Sparks Innovations in Art – MGX by Materialise at Inside 3D Printing Chicago
- Microsoft Confirms Plans to Take 3D Printing to the Masses at Inside 3D Printing Chicago
- Top Photos from Inside 3D Printing Chicago Conference Day 1
Thursday, July 11
- Canadian Actress Ellen Page Tweets “No F ing way” About 3D Printing – Our Response
- Inside 3D Printing Conference Chicago: Day 1 Top Stories
- 3D Systems CEO Predicts Moore’s Law Will Hit 3D Printing Technology – Inside 3D Printing Chicago
- Simulation-Based Design for 3D Printing: Special Effects and the Store of the Future
- 3D Printed Fashion: From Fantasy Gowns to Accessible Couture – Inside 3D Printing Chicago
Friday, July 12
Saturday, July 13
Inside 3D Printing Chicago: Day 1
Day 1 of the Inside 3D Printing conference in Chicago kicked off in high gear and built momentum throughout the day. Below are the top stories from the day.
Scott Crump of Stratasys and Bre Pettis of MakerBot kicked off the Inside 3D Printing conference in Chicago with a vision of the future 3D printing.
Joris Debo talks about a brave new art world pioneered by Materialise with their Mammoth Stereolithography 3D printing technology.
Microsoft wants to create a consumer operating system that is available to everybody that works fluidly with 3D printing.
We are covering the Inside 3D Printing conference in Chicago this week. Here are some of our top photos from the conference on day 1.
Stay tuned or follow us on Twitter @on3dprinting for more updates from Day 2.
Software giant seeks to make 3D printing seamless for home use
In late June, during their annual Build Conference, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 would support 3D printing. This sparked many questions among people as to why Microsoft would get involved and how would they get involved. Jesse McGatha, a 14-year veteran at Microsoft, is one of the key people in charge of leading 3D printing innovation within the software giant.
Today, at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Chicago, Mr. McGatha began his talk by addressing the question: Why would Microsoft be involved in 3D printing? He explained, “when you have over 70% of 3D printing already happening on a Windows operating system, it makes sense that Windows actually supports that.”
McGatha expressed that one of his main goals is to have an application that can talk to a server and can talk to a device in a clean and consistent way. Moreover, Microsoft will focus on the individual home consumer and on how to can make that user experience as simple and as seamless as possible. Microsoft wants to create a “consumer operating system that is available to everybody” that works fluidly with 3D printing.
Essentially, Microsoft is looking to make 3D printing a plug-and-play process. Now that the cost of 3D printers is becoming accessible for individuals to have at their home thanks to innovations from MakerBot, among others, it is important to have a PC operating system that makes it very simple for people to 3D print things.
Jesse McGatha showed the audience a sample user interface for how Windows 8.1 would interact with 3D printers (see gallery below). While the actual product might look different when it comes to market, the idea is to make the printing process very similar to how a user would go about printing a regular Word doc or PowerPoint presentation today. Some things as simple as having print queues and a print spooler are features Microsoft is tackling to make the user experience straightforward.
At the moment, 3D printing can be a tedious process that requires multiple different software packages and several programs to connect the computer to the 3D printers. The complex process can be a deterrent for the mass adoption of 3D printing technology in the household.
After listening to Mr. McGatha, it is obvious why Microsoft would jump into the industry to make it user friendly and help catalyze bringing 3D printers into people’s homes.
Authored by On 3D Printing contributor Rodrigo Garza Zorrilla, technology entrepreneur and advisor.