Two years ago, a Dutch student named Dirk Vander Kooij was designing furniture and preparing for his graduation project when he was inspired by an old 3D printer. So he got his hands on an industrial robot from a Chinese production line and reprogrammed it into a 3D printer to print furniture using recycled materials from old refrigerators."
This article discribes how the current attitude towards 3D printing is simular to the way people though about computers in the early 90's. Bulky and expensive. If 3D printing follows that trend then we could see the 3D printer as a home appliance in the near future.
The 3D printing industry is expected to change the landscape of the manufacturing industry over the next decade. The technology has been around since 1980s; however, more recently, it has come into the spotlight.