Windows has built a free app that has the ability to bring 3D printing to the mass market. With ‘3D Builder’ for Windows 8.1 users can make modifications to 3D models and print them out with their own 3D printer. The program is very simple and even has some similarities with Windows’s regular 2D printing program.
The objects included in this program are inter alia, household items, miniatures, seasonal objects and toys. 3D Builder enables users to scale, rotate and adjust those objects in order to fit one’s personal needs. It’s also possible to import any design or existing CAD project, although users can’t create an object from scratch. Another thing you can do with 3D Builder is add multiple objects to a single print or stack objects into one another in order to create new figures. When you want to print out your object a screen will appear, which looks a lot like the 2D printing counterpart of Windows.
This 3D Builder app can be seen as an addition to the program ‘3D Printer Support to Windows 8.1’. This program enabled users to print out 3D items directly from third-party applications by clicking “print”. The 3D Builder seems to make the field of 3D printing an easier playground for the non-technical mass. It seems like a smart move from Windows with regard to its competition with Apple and other software companies. But most of all it’s an interesting development, and it’s probably the first 3D printing app for the mass market of many to come.
If you’re interested in this app, you can download it here for free. Here’s a little video about the 3D Builder:
Images: Windows. Video: GeekWire.