Back in 2013, Microsoft announced the native support for 3D printing in Windows 8.1. A built-in API allowed developers weave 3D printing into their own apps. However, the capabilities of modern 3D printers have outstripped the capabilities of the 3D printing file formats commonly used today. People are unable to access the full potential of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing because of basic limitations in core technologies used by 3D printing.
A new industry consortium has been formed recently to fix this issue and in the Inside 3D Printing conference, HP announced their commitment to this work. Next week, at the Build conference, Microsoft will have a session “Developing 3D Printing Applications and Services in Windows 10” in wcih they will explain how to learn more about the consortium and the format.