Microsoft Launches 3D Printing for Windows 10

If you're running Windows 10, you can now design and produce just about anything right from your computer, without having to purchase your own 3d printer.

That's the message Microsoft tried to get across in its announcement today that they've launched an integration with the 3d printing services firm i.materialise.

"Microsoft always works to make new technologies rapidly available to everyone," the company wrote on its blog Monday. "Through i.materialise, every Windows 10 user has access to a 3D printer.  Not just any 3D printer, but a virtual factory of professional grade, industrial machines. Now you can 3d print in awesome materials like stainless steel, titanium, silver, gold, ceramic and more!."

Microsoft got serious about integrating with third party 3d printing production firms nearly 16 months ago at CES, when they began to speak with companies about integrations with Windows 10.  Their message was that Windows 10 would put more emphasis on seamlessly exporting design files for production using 3d printing.

"i.materialise ships worldwide and provides high quality and affordable prints," Microsoft wrote today.  "With a choice of over 20 materials in more than 100 colors and finishes, you will be able to make perfect 3D prints for any need or occasion."

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