Today Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 will have native support for 3D printing technologies, the associated file formats, and the MakerBot printers themselves. This is a huge win for Makers everywhere!
As Microsoft and other mainstream manufacturers adopt 3D scanning & printing technology the reality of a downloadable product begins to emerge. This technology introduces an entirely new aspect of Intellectual Property rights (and control) for manufacturers. As we watch the 3D ecosystem develop before our eyes it begs the question what new possibilities will be created for businesses of all sizes. The era of desktop 3D printing is upon us; as business opportunities develop and the technology changes a whole new market will be realized. The needs of information access, control, and loss-protection will be more salient than ever. How do you feel 3D printing will impact your business and/or job? We’d love to hear your feedback! http://goo.gl/of7cD
You can read more about this announcement here