Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2016 - 07:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: CES, 3d printer, MakerBot, Ultimaker, Lulzbot, XYZprinting
CES is not just about the type of technology we focus on here at PCPer, amongst the hordes of emails arriving are wallets, sleep trackers, automobile toys and even a Bluetooth enabled Kegel exerciser from OhMiBod. Instead of focussing on that side of CES, Hack a Day has been keeping track of the 3D Printer announcements from MakerBot, Ultimaker, Lulzbot and XYZprinting. The announcements range from XYZprinting's $500 da Vinci to the new 3D Systems direct metal 3D printer which allows you to create much sturdier designs than with extruded polymers. Head over to see the various new printers and extruder heads.
"CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is in full swing. That means the Hackaday tip line is filled to the brim with uninteresting press releases, and notices that companies from the world over will be at CES."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- WiFi Alliance Introduces 802.11ah @ Hack a Day
- 2015 Embedded Linux Trends in Mobile, Hacker Boards, and IoT @ Linux.com
- Intel-based Daqri smart helmet is the future of work, apparently @ The Inquirer
- CES 2016: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the company's first Windows 10 tablet @ The Inquirer
- Seagate's new drives are so shiny, we should call them ... bling buffers @ The Register
- Intel, Warner lock horns with hardware biz over HDCP crypto-busters @ The Register
- Cisco Jabbers in the clear due to STARTTLS bug @ The Register
- Here's your Linux-booting PS4, says fail0verflow @ The Register
- Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes @ The Register
- Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 Reach End-of-Life Next Week @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Shows and Expos | June 28, 2013 - 07:11 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Windows 8.1, MakerBot, BUILD 2013, BUILD
Even Microsoft believes that 3D printing is a cool movement.
Windows 8.1 will include native support for the 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser cutting devices. According to a stage demo at BUILD, Microsoft expects printing in 3D will be as easy as printing in 2D. It might be hard to think of more than a few practical applications for a home user to have access to such hardware, but often people will not realize when they avoid what could have been easily solved with the right tools.
- A standardized driver model for 3D Printers, CNC machines, and laser cutting devices
- APIs for apps to interface with the above drivers
- Device apps and extensions through the Windows Store
- Job spooling and queuing
- Easy ways to query what the device and its capabilities
The reliance upon the Windows Store might tell the larger tale. It appears that Microsoft is giving the nod to the maker community, not out of excitement, but to enable app developers to interface with these devices. Could the "modern" Windows APIs provide enough flexibility for 3D printing apps to exist without Microsoft's support? What about the next classification of peripherals?
All pondering aside...
The demo involved Antoine Leblond, of Microsoft, printing a vase from a MakerBot Replicator 2. According to TechCrunch, MakerBot will not only invade Windows 8.1 but also be stocked at Microsoft Stores. This is a solid retail win for the maker movement, giving users a chance throw one of these in the back seat of the car and drive it home from the store.