3D printer

Microsoft 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1 bakes in native 3D printing

Microsoft 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1 bakes in native 3D printing

Microsoft has released a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, bringing native support for producing physical objects from a variety of 3D printers to its OS. Building on the 3D printer driver MakerBot released earlier today, the Microsoft 3D Builder app comes with a wide range of preconfigured objects it can produce - including LEGO-style bricks, clips, and pendants, though also ranging to more complex designs like toy trains - but can also be used to create things from scratch.

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MakerBot aims to put a 3D printer in every US K-12 school

MakerBot aims to put a 3D printer in every US K-12 school

The future of 3D printing has been the subject of much speculation, and to ensure that students have the opportunity to be on the forefront of whatever will arise from the industry, MakerBot has announced a new initiative to get a 3D printer into every public school in the United States. The mission is called MakerBot Academy, and it has been launched in conjunction with American Makes.

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Ultimaker 2 official: Cura customizable software and YouMagine tie-in

Ultimaker 2 official: Cura customizable software and YouMagine tie-in

This week the team at Ultimaker have revealed their next-generation solution in the Ultimaker 2, a 3D printer that builds on the success of their first model. This second version works with Cura, a new software native to this machine - customizable and much, much faster than the average backend for processing. This machine is also launching alongside YouMagine, an online community for 3D printing sharing and editing collaboratively.

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Authentise startup protects 3D printer blueprints by streaming data

Authentise startup protects 3D printer blueprints by streaming data

3D printers are gradually working their way into the mainstream, and as they do so concerns regarding intellectual property and the theft of blueprints have increasingly become the substance of conversation. One startup company in California, Authentise, is offering a solution to this issue however, creating software that streams blueprint information directly to the printer.

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