Microsoft's mobile ecosystem is not going through its best moments, something that even Microsoft's owners recognize. However, developers do not stop working in this ecosystem. These developers are the ones have created an app called 3D Builder, an app that It will allow us to print 3D objects with a simple mobile and a nearby 3D printer.
In addition, this free app allows you to scan objects and create a print model with just a couple of captures, something interesting because the mobile will be less bulky than an object scanner.
3D Builder is supported with Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox although it can be installed on any version of Windows 10. This app allows you to manipulate 3MF, STL, OBJ, PLY objects and WRL files (VRML). In addition to being able to create objects with in this series of formats.
3D Builder will be on Windows Phone but also on our Xbox game consoles
But the funny thing about this Windows Phone app is that once we have the file or object created, we can send the file to any nearby 3D printer and have it printed for us, without the need for a computer or laptop. Something interesting for many. But this technology cannot be used with all 3D printers, if we have a proprietary 3D printer, we have to look this list from Microsoft where he talks about the compatible models. If we have a free 3D printer, a RepRap model, we have to ensure that our 3D printer has bluetooth or wireless connection to connect with the mobile and with the Windows Phone application.
I do not doubt that other mobile ecosystems have their own apps to print 3D objects, but it is still curious and striking that a company that is a symbol of the exclusive such as Microsoft create an app to promote 3D printing and its free technologies, something very curious Do not you think?