Siemens Industry Journal - Issue 01 | 2013 - Until now, the 3D printer has only been used in industry.
Now it is slowly conquering the mass market. What is behind the secret of this small box?
Although it sounds utopian, it is in fact a reality: Objects like lamps, bracelets, and the glasses temples can now be “printed”– not in paper form, but as real 3D objects.
How is that possible? The secret lies in a device no bigger than a beverage crate – the 3D printer.
Until now, 3D printers have only been used in industry. But now they are conquering the mass market thanks to falling manufacturer prices.
Bre Pettis is the founder of MakerBot, the market leader in the sector. “In a few years’ time every household will own a 3D printer,” enthuses the man who is regarded as the new Steve Jobs.
Today there are already tens of thousands of 3D printers owned by private individuals and engineers, in hobby rooms and research laboratories. And this could just be the beginning.
The U.S. expert on the sector, Terry Wohlers, forecasts an annual growth rate of about 30 percent and estimates that sales of so-called additive manufacturing equipment will total around $3.7 billion in 2015.
Via Annie Theunissen