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MakerBot Announces Support for Windows 8.1, Creating a New Ecosystem for Windows Customers

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MakerBot Announces Support for Windows 8.1, Creating a New Ecosystem for Windows Customers

MakerBot, the leader in desktop 3D printing, is excited to announce its support for Windows 8.1. At today's Build conference, Microsoft demonstrated Windows 8.1 with built-in support for 3D printing. MakerBot has developed a 3D printing driver that uses the new 3D print pipeline in Windows 8.1. With Windows 8.1, customers will experience plug-n-play and Seamless end-to-end printing from a wide variety of applications directly to the MakerBot.

Building on this news, MakerBot also announced a reseller agreement between MakerBot and Microsoft to offer the popular MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in select Microsoft retail stores and online at www.microsoftstore.com. The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will come with MakerBot's MakerCare service.

MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers are currently available at www.microsoftstore.com and in select Microsoft stores along with live demonstrations of the technology. Recently, visitors to the Microsoft store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto have been learning about MakerBot and 3D Printing through an experience and demonstration that will be expanded to the Westfield San Francisco Centre Microsoft store as of today.

"Our goal to is to make the experience of 3D printing as easy as creating and printing a document using Microsoft Word," said Shanen Boettcher, General Manager, Startup Business Group, Microsoft. "We're thrilled incredible companies like MakerBot are implementing Windows 8.1 support to make 3D printing a reality for the masses, and we look forward to being inspired by what people create when these amazing new software and hardware experiences come together."

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