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3D Printing the Future

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3D Printing the Future

3D printing has been around since the 80s, but it’s only in the last couple of years that it has really come into its own. In 2011, the Business Insider boldly announced that it’s going to be “the next trillion dollar industry”. According to Wall Street, 3D printing stocks remain “very attractive” long-term investments. VCs are likewise bullish about the industry. Last week, three companies specialising in 3D printing, Mcor technologies, The 3Doodler and FDM Digital Solutions, received funding from investors. This should come as no surprise since 3D printing is fast becoming a hugely important tool in manufacturing and product development. It’s already being used to produce airplane and automobile parts, toys, jewelry, food, and even human tissue. We’re predicting many more 3D printing investments in the first half of 2014.

The Future of 3D Family Photos Coming Soon

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The Future of 3D Family Photos Coming Soon

Stratasys has acquired 3D printing startup MakerBot for a reported $403m in a stock-for-stock transaction. The acquisition is an astute move for the listed US company that claims Mojo as its cheapest 3D printer with a $10,000 price tag. MakerBot, with its significant name recognition, has great design aesthetics and offers consumer-friendly 3D printers. An example is its new Replicator 2 which costs $2,200. MakerBot will become a Stratasys subsidiary and its CEO Bre Pettis will still lead the company.

Stratasys looks to a future where 3D printers will be a necessary tool for design professionals, engineers, artists and your average consumers. Stratasys and MakerBot estimate that between 35,000 to 40,000 desktop 3D printers were sold in 2012. This number is estimated to double in 2013, as ‘prosumers’ increasingly adopt desktop 3D printers for a broad range of applications.

Average consumers may have a hard time putting a 3D printer in their list of necessities but if companies like MakerBot can lower the price tag to $99, 3D printouts of family pictures could become a trend.