3D printing has the potential to change the nature of manufacturing and consumer products, but the technology is often criticized for being inaccessible and unintuitive.

We are a big step closer to solving these problems: Today, during their Build Developer Conference keynote, Microsoft announced that they will be partnering with Autodesk to incorporate the Spark platform into Windows 10, accelerating the future of digital and physical 3D creation, making 3D printing a more useful and reliable experience for businesses and individuals alike.

As a 3D printing platform, Spark brings the power of 3D printing into other technologies. By pairing with Microsoft, Spark will enable Windows 10 users to directly access optimized and more reliable 3D printing experiences. Additionally, Microsoft's worldwide developer community can freely access Spark's APIs and development platform to create 3D printing enabled applications for the Windows platform.

Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism and Chief Evangelist for Microsoft explains it this way:
"We’re approaching a tipping point with 3D printing, which means there is a huge market opportunity waiting for companies developing applications for Windows 10. By providing the 3D printing building blocks found in the Spark platform and optimizing it for Windows 10, Autodesk has empowered our global developer community to confidently enter this new world of additive manufacturing.”

All of this means that the steps between ideation, design, and physical creation in additive manufacturing have just become quite a bit more streamlined. The future is now, and it’s powered by Spark.

Via Spark