This week Pamela Woon, editor and host of Microsoft’s On the Whiteboard, takes us on an adventure of Maker Haus to see the future of 3D printing. Mike Kemery describes the location as a “gym… allowing users to access tools that usually aren’t accessible”. He discusses the future of 3D printing evolving from a hobby idea to a mainstream focus over the last few years.

Microsoft has added the ability to print 3D objects into its latest version of Windows 8, Windows 8.1. Seth Boettcher of Microsoft explains why they believe it is important to introduce the new ability so quickly into the Windows operating system.

The Redmond company’s goal is make 3D printing as easy as printing a word document is today. Utilizing new pipeline technology, hardware manufacturers can easily plugin their devices to the familiar Windows print dialogue.

With Windows 8.1 printing a 3D object as easy as hitting File -> Print.

For more information, check out Microsoft’s latest episode of On the Whiteboard above.

Source: Microsoft News Center