10 Technology Partners Microsoft Had Front And Center At Build 2013

3D Systems

Rock Hill, S.C.-based 3D Systems made a splash last year when it debuted a new 3-D printer called the Cube, but had more news for the attendees of Build 2013: Windows 8.1 will come with embedded drivers, so users can print 3-D models directly from their device. By melting plastic strips, forced through a nozzle that traces the design sent from a 3-D imaging program and layers the plastic to a specified thickness, the Cube is able to "print" 3-D images in a matter of hours. The new plug-and-play capabilities of Windows 8.1, along with the Cubify software client program, will allow consumers to print wirelessly from the Cube, priced around $1,300, as easily as if it were a standard 2-D printer.

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