Introducing 3D for everyone

Today, we unveiled our vision for bringing 3D to everyone — making it easy to capture, create and share in 3D.

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft introduced Paint 3D — your 3D art studio in Windows — and the online community Remix 3D, connecting creators and creations all over the world. Everyone is welcome to start creating and sharing in Paint 3D today by joining the Windows Insider Program at insider.windows.com. To learn more about 3D in Windows 10, go to Remix3D.com.

Ideas are always driven by a spark of inspiration.  Our spark began when my daughter Maddie — completely out of the blue — asked for a 3D printer as part of her Christmas wish list.  I was surprised and curious and so I asked, “Maddie, what would you do with a 3D printer?”  She responded with a wide range of ideas — from making tiny soaps to little creatures and even a dishwasher (ours was broken at the time)!  I was struck with how powerful it could be to enable not just Maddie but anyone to move their ideas from their imagination to their screen and out into the world.

Why 3D?

3D can better communicate ideas and expression, it accelerates comprehension because it’s much more representative of the world in which we live.

As humans, we have long used our creativity for expression. To communicate and connect with one another, to solve problems, to tell our stories and to stimulate our minds.  However, we’ve often been limited to a two-dimensional canvas and yet we live in a multi-dimensional world. 3D can better communicate ideas and expression, it accelerates comprehension because it’s much more representative of the world in which we live. It provides a richer canvas on which we can paint, and a bridge to connect our physical and digital worlds.

That’s an incredible capability that will be available for free to 400 million Windows 10 users with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

And here’s how it works 

Creating is easy with capture and Paint 3D 

We start by making creations as easy as taking a photo. The objects from our lives hold a special significance marking our history and memories. Capture objects from your world in 3D using the camera on your phone, available soon on Windows 10 Mobile devices, and coming to iOS and Android in the future.

We are also making it easy to create in 3D from scratch. If you’re one of the 100+ million people who use and love Paint every month, you already know how easy it is. The same simple ethos that has always characterized Paint runs through the all new Paint 3D experience – allowing anyone to quickly and easily create in a new dimension. Your brushes now work directly on 3D and even your favorite photos become stickers on 3D models.

All-new Paint 3D user interface

Connect with great content and community  

Remix 3D is a hub for connecting with content and creators including over a million 3D objects and models that you can repurpose for your own creations.

A big part of creativity is being inspired by the ideas of others. Remix 3D is a hub for connecting with content and creators including over a million 3D objects and models that you can repurpose for your own creations. Remix 3D will enable all new scenarios for creators, including the ability for Minecraft players to share their 3D creations broadly with the Remix 3D community in the future.

Take a 3D emoji for example. Want to add some personal flair? Remix it with a stylish hat or stamp your individuality with colors and stickers (and unicorn horns of course!). With the Remix 3D community also built directly into Paint 3D, it’s incredibly easy to find what you want, remix it to make it your own, and share it back out for others to see.

The all-new Community, www.Remix3D.com

Millions of creations and creators with SketchUp 

It’s important that Remix 3D be a source for inspiration, a place where you can extend your creativity. That’s why we’re also excited to announce we are partnering with Trimble to bring the 3D modelling program SketchUp – and their millions of creators and creations from 3D Warehouse – to be a part of Remix 3D.

Mixed-reality experiences across devices

Windows 10 allows your 3D content to seamlessly flow not only across your screens, but also out into your world. Take an object from the real world, capture it in 3D, edit it in Paint 3D, share it out to the web, bring it back into your world as a hologram or take it into a virtual world. The barriers between the physical and the digital worlds are removed.

In the apps you know and love

Over the next year, we will bring 3D to a range of Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint expanding the creativity and visual impact you can bring to your documents, reports and presentations. Whether you’re adding one of your own creations or something from the Remix 3D community, 3D makes your content punchier and more persuasive.

Get started now.  Join the preview. 

You can be among the first to experience 3D in Windows 10 – and bring your ideas to life in 3D—by joining the Windows Insider Program at insider.windows.com. To learn more about 3D in Windows 10, visit Remix3D.com.

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Updated October 26, 2016 10:46 am