MakerBot Delivers 3D Printer Driver for Windows 8.1
Furthering the company's mission to bring 3D printing into the mainstream, MakerBot releases software that simplifies the process under Windows.MakerBot, an early supporter of Microsoft's plan to add 3D printing support to Windows 8.1, is touting a new driver that streamlines the process of turning on-screen 3D models into physical objects users can hold in their hands. The Brooklyn-based provider of 3D printers and scanners released its MakerBot 3D Printer Driver for Windows 8.1, which is available as part of the company's MakerWare software suite. According to MakerBot, the driver, in conjunction with the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system, makes it as simple to produce 3D printed objects as it is to churn out paper documents. "With Windows 8.1 and using the new MakerBot 3D Printer Driver, users can open a 3D design in a program like 123D Design or SolidWorks, and tell the file to print directly to a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer; it's as fast and easy as printing a Word document on a 2D printer," boasted the company in a statement. MakerBot collaborated with Microsoft to help bring the technology to market. "We have been working closely with Microsoft to prepare the printer driver to provide the familiar plug-and-play capabilities of Windows with the MakerBot Replicator 2," said CEO Bre Pettis in a statement.
He added that the driver-OS combo "rounds out even more of the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem that is designed to make 3D design and printing super easy and accessible." His company's ecosystem now includes the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. The hardware, Pettis asserts, gives 3D printing enthusiasts a "jumpstart on the design process because users don't need to start from scratch."