Sunday, November 17, 2013

Microsoft launches new 3D printing app for Windows 8.1 users

A new 3D printing app – dubbed the 3D Builder – has recently been launched by Microsoft for Windows 8.1 users. The app will allow the users to conceive, design as well as print their 3D creations using a Windows 8.1-compatibe 3D printer, like the $2,199-priced MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
According to Microsoft, the new 3D Builder app – which can now be downloaded from the Windows Store marketplace for free – enables the users to create and print anything in 3D --- from toys to tools and several other things.
Revealing that the app will also give the users the ability to create jewelry as well as small parts for household repairs, Microsoft said that the app’s library comes pre-loaded with a number of items, including simple household objects like stationary, ornaments, and small toys.
The pre-selected objects in the app’s library primarily include small, unpowered model trains of the ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ variety.
The 3D Builder is essentially a simple and basic 3D printing app which unfolds a simplistic mechanism for printing common 3D objects, along with importing other files from SkyDrive or elsewhere. Since the app allows only a small degree of customization, it chiefly serves as an introductory tool to the innovative world of 3D printing.

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