When Microsoft Corporation releases the Windows 8.1 operating system, it will have support for 3-D printers like the MakerBot Replicator. Windows 8.1 will be the first operating system to include built-in support for 3-D printers. Windows 8.1 is expected to arrive later this year.
?It?s going to unlock huge potential for people all over the world,? stated Microsoft general manager Shanen Boettcher in an interview with The New York Times.
Microsoft has a goal to make 3-D printer as easy as printing a Word document. You will be able to plug in a 3-D printer and click “print.” From there, the 3-D printer can start spraying hot plastic.
3-D printers requires various software packages for functions like design and “slicing.” There is also software that connects your home computer to individual printers. Windows 8.1 will be compatible with plug-in printers like the MakerBot Replicators, the Cubes, the Ups, and Fabbsters.
Microsoft announced the 3-D printer support at their Build developer conference in San Francisco.