Microsoft Demos 3D Printing in Windows 8.1
How about another 3D printing time-lapse for this Friday? In this video, Microsoft's Gavin Gear gives a light demo of how 3D printing support is integrated into Window 8.1, using a 3D Systems Cube 2 printer and the Windows 8.1 Preview build. 3D printing in Windows is built on the same print infrastructure as traditional 2D printing, using Microsoft's new 3MF file format. In the demo, a model designed in Solidworks is sent to the printer using a standard print dialog menu, with options to change "quality", print model density, add supports, and add a base raft. (The three print quality settings are pretty nebulous, and Microsoft doesn't show what's under the "more settings" dialog.) Those settings are processed and bundled with the model mesh review in the XML-based 3MF format, which supported printers will be able to read. MakerBot's Replicator and 3D Systems' Cube are so far the only announced printers that Windows 8.1 will support. Read more about 3D printing integration in Windows here.