Microsoft has just released a new and major update for its 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1 that adds a number of new features and improvements, including a way to make 3D printed objects without the need to actually own a 3D printer.
Basically, the app has a new button, "Buy Print" that allows users to buy a object they can customize in the app from 3D Systems. Microsoft says:
"When you buy a print from 3D Systems' cloud services, you gain access to expanded material options beyond what is offered by typical consumer 3D printers. With this service, you can select materials including opaque and frosted plastics, metallic and mixed plastics, full-color 'Colorstone' and even ceramics. After ordering, 3D Systems will print your 3D model and ship it within 2 weeks."
The Main Control user interface for the 3D Builder app has also been changed and improved, with a way to expand the circular menu to include new Object and Edit selections. The app also has some new pre-build trophy parts for when you want to make your own award. Finally, the app finally adds support for Windows RT, which means the Surface RT and Surface 2 tablets can use it for the first time.
What do you think of these new improvements for the 3D Builder app?
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