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Redmond flack 'as excited as Tom Cruise on Oprah'

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Windows 8.1 users with a yen for 3D printing and a few thousand bucks for a printer can get a free design application from Microsoft – as Redmond seeks to show it's as modern as the rest of them.

3D Builder

Basic tool to get you on your 3D feet

"I get excited about 3D printing. Really excited. Like Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch excited. So, I couldn’t be more thrilled that we are releasing a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1," wrote Microsoft consumer PR Kristina Libby.

"We’re entering an exciting new era in which everyone will be able to create and print three dimensional objects. Just imagine being able to print a spare part for a household appliance, or creating your own jewelry line of custom 3D-printed earrings."

The 3D Builder app isn’t particularly complex; coming with some basic designs for the budding manufacturer to customize using a fairly limited set of tools. It will also allow 3D designs to be imported via SkyDrive.

But the timing of the release is a good way for Redmond to highlight that it's selling Makerbot 3D printers from its retail and online stores. Redmond promised that Makerbot and 3D printing rival Tiertime (PP3DP) will support Windows 8.1 users in time for the Thanksgiving shopping frenzy that overtakes the US at the end of the month. ®

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