An app that is installed on every Windows 10 system, but is blissfully ignored as it serves no purpose for the average consumer: 3D Builder. The 3D Builder app on Windows 10 can be treated as an early version of the upcoming Paint 3D and Remix 3D app and service.
Microsoft has now updated the 3D Builder app for Windows 10, to add support for Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox, allowing users to design and 3D print models via their game consoles and mobile devices.
The 3D Builder is a decent app for 3D model designers. Besides the support for 3D file formats such as 3MF, STL, OBJ, PLY, and WRL (VRML); the app also supports Kinect, so you can scan real-life objects and turn them into models – once again, much like the features present in the upcoming Paint 3D app.
Paint 3D, though, involves a lot more of the “painting” and focuses on making it easier to build 3D models. 3D Builder fails to be as intuitive but gets the job done for those who know what they are doing.
The 3D Builder app supports a variety of 3D printers like the 3D System’s Cube 3 and XYZ’s da Vinci miniMaker; you can check the full list of supported 3D printers over here.
If you don’t wish to spend a couple of thousand dollars on a 3D Printer, the app also supports exporting the 3D model to i.materialise, where you can “purchase” your 3D model – the service will print your model as your specify and then ship it to you.
The app is pre-installed on every Windows 10 PC, but since the new update makes It available for the Xbox One and Windows 10 Mobile devices, you would have to download it.
The app, of course, is available via the Windows Store.