Gavin Gear, Microsoft member, has explained the 3D Printing support in Windows 8.1 on his blog.
Some useful things, learned during the process, about 3D printers.
- Design for 3D printing requires knowledge of the specific manufacturing process being used. Example considerations for the fused filament fabrication process I used include supports and overhang, tolerances, and surface patterns/texture.
- 3D printed objects can be *very* strong and light because of how the interior of the printed object is formed (infill).
- It is easy to practice iterative design with a 3D printer. I had to alter my SD card holder several times to get the right “friction” when inserting and removing SD cards.
- 3D printed objects can be quite cost effective because of the optimized strength/density ratio.
- Once you start designing and printing objects, you’ll discover many things you can do with this capability.
Details and 3D Printing demo video can be found at blogs.windows.