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Transcript: Windows 8.1 offers native support for 3D printing technology, with an app called 3D Builder, which allows users to assemble 3D models from simple primitives and print them on your desktop fabricator. Recently, an updated version of the app was released with a number of new improvements, including the ability to 3D print from the cloud via a new partnership with 3D Systems and their Cubify cloud printing services.
According to the company, the main control of Microsoft’s 3D Builder R5 has been completely overhauled and includes a new selection control. The user interface has been redesigned to add greater options for editing and manipulating 3D models. With a new, expanded Edit Mode, users can emboss, cut, join, subtract, and intersect objects in the software.
Additionally, 3D Builder R5 has added the ability to 3D print from the cloud via Cubify, 3D Systems’ consumer cloud printing service. Users can click on the software’s “Buy Print” button, which will allow them to order the print through 3D Systems in a range of colors and materials offered by the company, including opaque and frosted plastics, metallic and mix plastics, full-color Colorstone, and ceramics.
Perhaps more interesting than the cleanness of the app’s redesign is Microsoft’s partnership with 3D Systems. Microsoft had already partnered with MakerBot, owned by 3D Systems’ competitor Stratasys, to sell their machines in Microsoft Retail Stores. As the 3D printing industry begins to take hold with the public, it looks like Microsoft is betting on all horses.