Windows 8 was the first major operating system with native support for 3D printing. Microsoft is even selling 3D printers within retail Microsoft Stores, did partnership with MakerBot, and built a 3D Builder app. Microsoft has seen a good response from 3D printer manufacturers supporting Windows 8. For example, Beijing TierTime announced Windows plug-and-pay drivers for their consumer 3D Printers at CES and Autodesk delivered Meshmixer, an easy to use consumer application, with a 3D File->Print experience.
Microsoft has made a number of announcements regarding 3D printing at the Build conference.
3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) published
The 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) is available for download on MSDN (http://aka.ms/3dquickstart). 3MF is a file format that makes it possible to File->Print from an app to any supported 3D Printer on Windows. It is a file format specifically tailored for 3D Printing and Windows. 3MF supports colors, textures, scale, a print ticket containing recommended print options, and many other improvements.
Microsoft is delivering a 3D plug and play print driver for Printrbot’s new Metal Simple 3D Printer. The Printbot Metal Simple is a low-price 3D Printer that is portable, compact and friendly.
3D Builder app update
Microsoft has made a major update to the Windows Store app: Microsoft 3D Builder. 3D Builder makes it easy to customize a model and prepare it for printing. A series of Windows Phone docking stands have been added to the model catalog. 3D Builder will automatically check and fix any problems before printing.(http://aka.ms/3dbuilder)
Model Repair web service
Microsoft is partnering with Netfabb to offer a Model Repair web service hosted on Azure. The website (http://aka.ms/modelrepair) is free for consumer use.
SOLIDWORKS 3D File->Print
Microsoft supports serious professional 3D Printing, too. Vajrang Parvate, Director of Product Development at SOLIDWORKS, talked about the professional CAD space and demonstrated a 3D File->Print experience on an upcoming version of SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS prints a 3MF through the Windows 3D Print platform to any supported 3D Printer.
Microsoft 3D Printing SDK download
The Microsoft 3D Printing SDK is available for download (http://aka.ms/3dquickstart) from MSDN and includes both desktop and Windows Store app source code samples, device driver source code, and documentation.
A session on 3D Printing will be published on Channel 9 shortly: Watch Here
Source: Windows team blog