Microsoft Networks 3D Printers With Windows 10 IoT and Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is at the center of countless Internet of things (IoT) projects and experiments. The latest, courtesy of Microsoft, is networking 3D printers in multiuser Windows environments.
Microsoft recently released a new sample app for Windows 10 IoT Core, dubbed simply Network 3D Printer, that enables owners of the popular Raspberry PI maker board to share their 3D printers over a local network. Both Windows 10 and its predecessor, Windows 8.1, feature built-in 3D printing support.
"In this initial release, we've added network (both Wi-Fi and wired) and Windows 3D print platform support for more than a dozen well-known and brand new evolutions of 3D Printer," wrote Billy Anders, director of program management for Microsoft Windows IoT, in a blog post.
The list of supported 3D printers includes the Lulzbot Taz 6; Makergear M2; Printrbot Play Plus and Simple; the Prusa i3 and i3 Mk2; and Ultimaker's Original, Original+, 2, 2+, 2 Extended and 2 Extended+.
A new app for Microsoft's lightweight version of Windows for Internet of things devices allows users to access 3D printers over a network.
Microsoft expects the list to grow and is fielding requests using a dedicated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). While the software may offer technology enthusiasts and 3D print shops a handy way of initiating print jobs over a network, Microsoft noted that it also provides 3D printer manufacturers a way to embed Windows-compatible network functionality into their own hardware.