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Microsoft wants you to share your 3D printer over your network

A Raspberry Pi and Windows 10 will let anyone in your home print plastic creations.

Sure, you can use your old-school paper printer from virtually any device in your home. But what if you want to use your 3D printer in the den while you're lounging in the living room? Microsoft might just come to your aid. It recently released a Windows 10 IoT Core app (currently only for the Raspberry Pi) that lets you access a 3D printer from any Windows PC on your local network, whether it's through Ethernet or WiFi. Once it's running, it acts like any other networked gadget -- you don't have to be picky about the apps you use.

The initial version adds support for 13 3D printers, some of which you're likely to recognize if you're a fan of plastic printing: Ultimaker gets plenty of affection here, as do Lulzbot, Makergear, Printrbot and Prusa. And don't despair if your hardware isn't in the mix. Microsoft is taking requests for additional support, so your favorite 3D modelling box might soon print without a direct connection.