MakerBot announced its support for Windows 8.1, which includes built-in support for 3D printing. MakerBot has developed a 3D printing driver that uses the new 3D print pipeline in Windows 8.1 to provide seamless end-to-end printing from a wide variety of applications directly to the company's printers.
MakerBot also announced a reseller agreement between MakerBot and Microsoft to offer the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in select Microsoft retail stores and online.
"Our goal to is to make the experience of 3D printing as easy as creating and printing a document using Microsoft Word," said Shanen Boettcher, general manager, Startup Business Group, Microsoft. "We're thrilled incredible companies like MakerBot are implementing Windows 8.1 support to make 3D printing a reality for the masses, and we look forward to being inspired by what people create when these amazing new software and hardware experiences come together."
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