Microsoft announced on Jun.26, 2013 that it is adding in native 3D printer support to Windows 8.1. That means you can 3D print an item directly from third-party applications by click "print". Today, in its new episode of "On the Whiteboard" series Microsoft talks about this Windows 8.1 update, and some of the reasons why Microsoft is supporting 3D printing in its latest OS.
In this episode of "On the Whiteboard," Editor Pamela Woon goes to Makerhaus and its 10,000-square-feet of fabrication prototyping – a membership workshop that allows users to use their space and tools, including 3D printers to create things such as jewelry, toys and anything you can design with 3D software.
MakerHaus's Mike Kemery talks about in the video, that 3D printing will be as revolutionary as desktop printing was 20 years ago, and putting in 3D printing support in Windows 8.1 is just one of the first steps.
Microsoft thinks that "while 3D printing isn't mainstream – yet – it's only a matter of time before it is, with the potential to crank out increasingly complex creations as easily as printing a Word document." In the future 3D printer will be "a convenience that people are going to really enjoy."
With the Windows 8.1 update, the vision of desktop manufacturing started to seem real. In fact, customers can already buy a 3D printer at Microsoft Palo Alto and San Francisco retail stores; and 3D printers will be available in other Microsoft stores in this fall for $1,299. Microsoft Research is also working on new techniques to embed ID tags inside 3D printed objects readable by a terahertz scanner.
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Type A Machines - Series 1 wrote at 7/31/2013 12:35:23 AM:
Happy to be the first open-source 3D printer compatible with Windows 8.1!