MakerBot unveiled three new 3D printers at the recent CES 2014 event in Las Vegas, all of which that can be integrated with Windows 8.1.
The Replicator Mini, the Replicator, and the Replicator Z18 feature a Windows 8.1 3D printer driver and are built on a common technology MakerBot 3D Printing Platform.
The MakerBot technology platform enables Windows 8.1 3D printing integration, allowing users to print from any compatible Windows 8.1 app. MakerBot’s 3D printers can be managed like any other printer, including using print queue management. Drivers also automatically download and install from Windows Update.
The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is the smallest of the range and has a build volume of 3.9” x 3.9” x 4.9” and is best used for smaller printing objects.
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, and is a successor of the MakerBot Replicator 2. The Replicator features a 100 micron print resolution, and has 11% more build volume compared with its predecessor. This model also includes assisted build plate leveling, a 3.5” colour LCD display with control dial, a glass build plate surface.
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 enables the printing of objects up to 18” tall thanks to its 12” x 12” x 18” build volume, and has the same base features as the new Replicator, as well as a heated chamber and build plate.
More information on the integration of 3D printing with Windows 8.1 can be found on the Windows blog.
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