PVC Load Letter? The Crap Does That Mean?

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Shows and Expos | June 28, 2013 - 03:11 AM |
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.

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Windows 8.1 will add the following features for its implementation:

  • 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.

Source: TechCrunch

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June 28, 2013 | 09:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And I'll be buying another company's 3D printer and using windows 7, and an open source driver model for my 3d printing! So long makerBot, but my computer will not be made a TIFKAM BOT for M$!

June 28, 2013 | 10:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I, for one, appreciate the effort placed in creating titles such as this one.

Thank you, Scott!

June 28, 2013 | 01:18 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

You're welcome : D

June 28, 2013 | 06:11 PM - Posted by Andrew (not verified)

Ha ha on the title :) For those who don't remember, "PC LOAD LETTER" means the printer wants you to put letter-size paper in the Paper Cassette (tray). And for everyone outside the US, it means your printer driver's default paper size needs to be set to A4.

July 1, 2013 | 08:53 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Haha, makes sense now :P

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