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What is the Print3D deviceType on Windows Print-Server

Server Fault Asked by Doltknuckle on September 13, 2020

I’ve been working with Get-Printer and I ran into a situation where the server returns two instances of every print device. One is called “Print” and the other is “Print3D”. I can’t find any information about this online and I’m wondering what this device type is supposed to be used for.

Bonus: How do you turn this off and what impact does it have on printing?

Running Windows Server 2008 R2

3 Answers

I had the same question recently. I used below code

get-printer -computername targetpc | where-object{$_.devicetype -eq "print"}

I hope it helps

Answered by Jamal on September 13, 2020

A possible explanation: you logged on via RDP to this server from a Windows 10 computer and didn't turn off the option to connect local printers; as a result, print drivers from the client got installed on the server.

Answered by Massimo on September 13, 2020

I asked Microsoft about this and I'm told it's a feature of Windows 10. As for why a regular printer shows as a 3D printer, still unknown. Could be a bug in the get-printer cmdlet.

When the devicetype is Print3D it means the hardware support for 3D printing is provided by the Printer hardware. With 3D Builder, you can scan, construct, and print 3D models in Windows 10.

Answered by BIGmog on September 13, 2020

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