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November 16, 2013

3D Builder is a new 3D printing app from Microsoft for Windows 8.1

3D Builder is a new 3D printing app from Microsoft for Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has released a 3D printing application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It allows users to view, design and prepare objects for printing and includes a library of editable objects to help users familiarize themselves with the software.

Microsoft is a emphasizing the accessibility of 3D Builder, describing it as "fun" and ‘"easy-to-use". In a blog post announcing the release of the application, Kristina Libby of Microsoft says, “We’re entering an exciting new era in which everyone will be able to create and print three dimensional objects. Just imagine being able to print a spare part for a household appliance, or creating your own jewelry line of custom 3D-printed earrings.”

Support for 3D printing is native to Windows 8.1, meaning that the operating system has built in functionality, such as plug and play capability for 3D printers. It also recognizes various 3D printing file-types so objects designed in other applications or that have downloaded from the internet can also be printed.

3D Builder is free and available now to download from the Windows Store.

Source: Microsoft

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Stu Robarts Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.   All articles by Stu Robarts
4 Comments

Democratization of technology is generally a great thing.

Paul Adams
17th November, 2013 @ 03:28 am PST

Someone will want it, but it is that rare person who stuck with Windows 8.

L1ma
17th November, 2013 @ 07:54 am PST

Finally no more relying on horseshit broken crap from Kliment et al

coresnake
17th November, 2013 @ 01:51 pm PST

I cant think of any reason I would use this over the already well established google sketchup with its list of plugins to aid 3d printing

asdf
18th November, 2013 @ 02:48 pm PST
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