announced its eagerly anticipated Windows 8.1
update, the company promised
native 3D printing
worked with Microsoft to develop its own 3D printer driver for the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, which is now available via the Windows Update Service.
The MakerBot 3D Printer Driver will enable users to print in 3D from within capable software applications just as you’d print any document. MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said that the company worked closely with Microsoft to produce a driver that would be plug-and-play ready.
It sounds like Microsoft got something out of it, too. “Working with MakerBot on creating the 3D printer driver has been a great education in 3D printing and all the technology involves,” said Shanen Boettcher, general manager of the Microsoft Startup Business Group.
Clearly, MakerBot scored a win here in that Windows 8.1 supports the 3D printer that its pushing hard to consumers, but here’s hoping that the know-how Microsoft acquired in the process will lead to better printing capabilities for everyone else, too.