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Microsoft has just released a 3D builder for Windows 8.1, meaning Windows users will be able to print their own 3D objects.

Yes, you will need a 3D printer. After that, Microsoft’s recently introduced app called 3D Builder for Windows 8.1 should make it easier for amateurs to try their hand on 3D printing. The application takes advantage of the native 3D printing feature on Windows 8.1 which comes with plug ‘n play support for 3D printers. The operating system also recognizes 3D print file formats. 3D printing technology is trending, and though still not mainstream, there are sufficient resources for anyone who wants to dip their toe in it.

3D Builder makes it easier to design and create objects in 3D. It has a clean utilitarian interface that also offers a readymade library of objects you can create…for instance, toys or something useful like a money clip. You can download a design from the Internet, print 3D designs created in other applications, or easily design a new object from scratch. The user-friendly interface on the face of it looks simple enough to master for anyone. Microsoft says — The clean, simple user interface lets you scale, rotate and adjust what you want to print. Add multiple objects to a single print – even stack or push objects into one another to create new ones.


3D printing could become the norm in a few years. Maybe earlier, as 3D printer prices come tumbling down. The announcement also pointed out that manufacturers like 3D Systems, MakerBot and TierTime will be supporting Windows 8.1 in time for the holiday season. MakerBot is also available at Microsoft Retail Stores.

The introduction of the 3D Builder app is a timely arrival in the rapidly developing field of 3D printing. What do you think about it?


Source:  Windows Experience Blog | Image Credit: Creative Tools via Flickr

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  1. Anonymous
    November 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Just don't buy the 3d printer stocks. Ugh, I made and then lost allot of money

    • Saikat B
      November 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      3D printers haven't really arrived in my part of the world yet! No worries till then.

  2. Justin P
    November 20, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Hate to say it, but Microsoft's legitimately ahead of its time here. I wonder how long it will be before 3D printers are common in households? Price needs to be below $200 first, I'd guess...

    • Saikat B
      November 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

      True. Prices have already come down substantially over the last year and a half. The next rise could come with retail outlets that deliver made-to-order items, much like the photocopier outlets we have in some parts of the world :). After that cheap home printers should be just a few months away.