Jul 24, 2017 | By David

Microsoft’s recent announcements regarding the latest updates for Windows 10 had some news that might be interesting for 3D designers and 3D printing hobbyists. The Fall Creators Update to the company’s flagship product will no longer come with the 3D Builder app. 3D design and printing functionalities on the OS will be taken over by the already-included Print 3D and Paint 3D.

The 3D Builder app was initially launched to some fanfare back in November 2013. It was intended for users of Windows 8.1 to be able to take full advantage of the newly increased accessibility of desktop 3D printers. The app did transition to the latest version of Windows, but was deprecated, and this new update to Windows 10 will see it removed altogether.

Print 3D and Paint 3D are worthy successors, however, and they have updated features that will make 3D printing and design even easier for beginners. Paint 3D allows users to move their 3D designs directly to a 3D printer for printing, and Microsoft unveiled a patent back in November of last year that will allow full-color 3D printing from Paint 3D.

The cutting-edge 3D update to the beloved Microsoft Paint software was initially available as a link in the Paint toolbar, but is gradually gaining more influence and should eventually be replacing Paint altogether, as a standalone design solution. Much like the various 2D template shapes available in Paint, Paint 3D comes with several solid template objects, such as cylinders and spheres. Simple 3D designs like fish and people are also pre-loaded, ready to be edited or sent to a 3D printer. Online 3D design community Remix is also integrated within the Paint 3D app, so many thousands more elaborate models are available.

Images created using Paint are compatible with every 3D printer and printing service, so it is straightforward for a Windows user to get involved in the 3D printing world, without needing much technical expertise. Building on the classic Paint app every user knows and loves is a great way to ease budding artists and designers into the world of 3D design and printing, with the basic interface and many of the tools and features carrying over directly. This increasing accessibility of 3D features does, however, mean that the original 2D Paint’s days may be numbered. After being originally released with the first version of Microsoft Windows back in 1985, the simple graphics app will now be deprecated, and eventually probably removed altogether.

A spokesman for Microsoft said that ‘'This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning.The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.'' The release date for the Fall Creators Update has not been announced yet, but is rumoured to be sometime in September.



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Tom McBaum wrote at 7/25/2017 7:34:31 AM:

Bah. I really liked Build 3D just as it was. I don't want or need any of those other features. I hope that it will continue to work after the update.

get with the program... wrote at 7/25/2017 4:34:34 AM:

"Fall" what are we geocentric primitives from the 1900's? Please consider that your audience is world wide and not just the USA

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