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 ...

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Microsoft has showed strong support for 3D printing with Windows 8.1 by building a class driver for 3D printers.  The  company has recently published an app that allows users to make slight modifications from a library of 3D objects including simple toys, household items, miniatures and seasonal objects.  The app can also load exisiting CAD project, but cannot create object from scratch. “The main focus here was having success quickly with 3D printing,” explained Microsoft’s Shanen Boettcher. Here is the description from the Windows Store: Meet 3D Builder – the best place to view, prepare, and print your 3D models on Windows 8.1-ready 3D printers! 3D Builder is a fun, easy to use, free app that helps you turn bits into atoms and explore the exciting world of 3D printing. It also includes a library of example 3D objects to get you started. Whether you are an experienced enthusiast or new to ...

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Microsoft has been a strong supporter of 3D printing.  The company developed a 3D printer class driver for Windows 8.1 and carries select 3D printers at all of its Microsoft stores. On September 5th, 2013, The Maker Garage hosted their biggest Science Fair ever, showcasing grassroots innovations from hardware projects around Microsoft, and commemorated the opening of the new Maker Garage space with Chris Anderson coming to speak about how the maker movement is transforming our world. ...

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Microsoft cutie Pamela Woon (aka Miss Chinatown 2001) goes to Makerhaus and its 10,000-square-feet of fabrication prototyping – a membership workshop that features 3D printing for things such as jewelry, toys and virtually anything you can design with 3D software. 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 fact, customers can buy a 3D printer at Microsoft retail stores this fall and at Staples for $1,299. With the Windows 8.1 update, the vision of desktop manufacturing started to seem real. We found out Windows 8.1 will have built-in support for 3D printing. And a new project from Microsoft Research pioneers techniques to embed unique information (such as serial numbers) inside 3D printed objects readable by a terahertz scanner as a cost-effective alternative to adding ...

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