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 the world of 3D printing, 3D Builder is fun for Makers of all ages.