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Will 3D printing ever take off?

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Will 3D printing ever take off?

Just read an article on The Age about how 3D printing is yet to really take off despite the hype. One theory is that the gap between the hype and the reality is currently just too big. 


It reminded me of a previous discussion here on Workshop where people talked about how handy a 3D printer would be for printing your own parts, etc. I'm still curious whether people think one day every home will have a 3D printer, or whether its just too complex to ever be truly mainstream. And I'm still struggling to think of reasons why I would need one, which is probably the main reason 3D printers haven't taken off. 

Valued Contributor

Re: Will 3D printing ever take off?

All I ever see is people using them to make figurines or chess pieces (or combinations of both). And the filament seems a bit expensive, particularly when you're just making plastic tat that would typically cost .00001 of a cent if mass produced in China. 


Would be interested to see useful things that have been printed. 

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Re: Will 3D printing ever take off?

SMH Article here
Autodesk boss explains why 3D printing failed to take off despite the hype

The real battlers and punters are the DIY consumers... no savings there for them...

Any 3D models without data or proofs are basically worthless!

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Will 3D printing ever take off?

I think 3D printing is still extremely early in the product life cycle curve - still in the nascent development phase. The growth will come later when the product itself is more mature and when the average punter can see enough applications for it in their life. I think it will be mainstream but not for a while. And as Chris alluded, the hardware isn't very useful to most people without very easy to use software.



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Re: Will 3D printing ever take off?

I want a 3D chocolate printer.



Valued Contributor

Re: Will 3D printing ever take off?

Wow. I want a chocolate printer as well. You could make so many fantastic customised gifts for friends and family.

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Re: Will 3D printing ever take off?

Now I want a pancake 3D printer as well.



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Re: Will 3D printing ever take off?

Units with a built-in 3D scanner as well as a 3D printer might help solve the problem of complicated software and requiring design skills. 


But it looks like we're still a fair way away from Star Trek replicators if this review is anything to go by -

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Moderator Walter

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I've printed out a few useful things using my 3D printer, so I definitely see a future in it.

Examples of what I have done:
Dremel benchtop support and clamps (very proud of this one, I designed it myself and it became popular, and it's strong)
Metal fence top bung (I think that's the term - it was to stop the rain going into the square post, and it matches the colour)
"Plug" for a shade cloth/privacy screen. So far, after 6 months of this on, there is no sign of weathering at all, and it's been exposed to sun and rain. Even if it does weather in the future, it cost about 15 cents in filament, so it's not difficult to redo one.
Pull handle for Lawn Mower. Yep, and it's a beauty.
I do see a future where places such as Bunnings print out parts to request.

Ill see if I can put up some photo's of what I have done

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