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3D Printer Support In Windows 8.1

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  • DCMonkey

    Cool. The next obvious step would be to support scanning 3D objects via Kinect and remotely printing the objects as a sort of crude replicator/transporter. Smiley

     

  • cbae

    @DCMonkey:

     

  • ZippyV

    The next step would be a functional "Print Screen" button when playing a 3D game.

  • Ian2

    The next step would be to print out whatever 3D object I happen to be rotating in my brain.

  • jamie

    is everything 3d printers make - made out of the same material? ie - could you cut out a little dinosaur that was squeezable - but not hard plastic?

  • MasterPi

    , jamie wrote

    is everything 3d printers make - made out of the same material? ie - could you cut out a little dinosaur that was squeezable - but not hard plastic?

    I think it depends on the printer/company. There isn't just one type of material. There are more flexible ones too. I picked up the a little 3D printer creation today and it was slightly flexible.

  • felix9

    , DCMonkey wrote

    Cool. The next obvious step would be to support scanning 3D objects via Kinect and remotely printing the objects as a sort of crude replicator/transporter. Smiley

     

    Yes, the original job posting of this team actually mentioned Kinect Fusion

  • Bass

    I'm curious what this means, since Windows supported 3D printing since like 3D printing came along (namely, Windows supports writing software/drivers that communicate via USB or Wifi, which is what like most 3D printers need to interface with a computer).

    Is Microsoft writing some kind of driver framework or something along those lines?

  • Blue Ink

    @jamie: some Objet 3D printers (now part of Stratasys) have the capability of mixing different materials, which means that the same model can have parts in different colors, different transparencies and elasticity.

    The printer itself is pretty expensive, but it's relatively cheap to run as compared to professional FDM printers, not to mention it's significantly faster. So, if you plan to use it for work, and use it a lot, it would still make sense.

  • spivonious

    , Bass wrote

    I'm curious what this means, since Windows supported 3D printing since like 3D printing came along (namely, Windows supports writing software/drivers that communicate via USB or Wifi, which is what like most 3D printers need to interface with a computer).

    Is Microsoft writing some kind of driver framework or something along those lines?

    8.1 includes a base driver for 3D printers like they did with regular printers in 8.0.

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