Why a 3-D Printer Giant Just Bought MakerBot MIT Technology Review The Brooklyn-based 3-D printer startup MakerBot Industries just got a little less hip, since announcing yesterday that it had sold for $403 million in stock to Stratasys.
TCT Magazine Fresh 3D printing report says industry to be worth $4b by 2025 TCT Magazine Published by Research and Markets, the document has been christened 3D Printing 2013-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players.
3D printing has been around for decades, but it has just started to weave its way into the world of fashion. It may not be long before people can print out clothing from the comfort of their living room.
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.
We've already looked at MOOCs, tablet computing, gamification, and learning analytics. For the first part of the 'third horizon', (or entering mainstream use in four to five years), 3D printing tops the list.
Spotlight on Kickstarter: The Buccaneer 3D Printer ITProPortal We've certainly had some fun fooling around with 3D printers in our time, but price tags in the thousands have been a real barrier to widespread home consumer adoption.