Clearly the CAD software giant, Autodesk views 3D printing as a major part of their business plan moving forward. Not only have they integrated 3D printing into several of their software packages, but they’ve also created an entire platform called Spark, as well as manufacturing their own SLA 3D printer. As use of the technology grows, Autodesk wants to be sure that they have a firm foothold on a large part of the market in one way or another, and this is no more apparent in the news which just broke this morning.

Autodesk has teamed with the world’s largest software developer, Microsoft, to streamline the 3D printing experience within their new Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 now has Autodesk’s Spark 3D printing platform integrated within, allowing users to quickly and easily 3D print from within the operating system, making the entire process from design to fabrication a whole lot simpler.

There is no bigger name than Microsoft when it comes to the PC and Laptop software markets, and this announcement certainly will mean a lot for both company’s, who clearly have interest within the realm of 3D design and s2printing. Both Microsoft and Autodesk are part of a new consortium which is working to redefine a 3D printing format known also as 3MF. Working together, rather than competing in this space, seems to be the way to go for each company who both have interests which are somewhat unrelated.

While the Spark platform is still in its early days, some have called it the “Android for 3D printers,” in that it’s an operating systems of sorts which Autodesk hopes will eventually power the majority of 3D printers in both the desktop and industrial markets in the years to come. It’s an open platform which seeks to eliminate the fragmentation we have seen within the industry, by working together with the community to simplify the entire process from design to preparation, output and fabrication.