Cloud Manufacturing – 3D Printing Tipping Point With HP Introducing Its Own 3D Printer in 2014
We see a future where 3D printing allows the phrase “cloud manufacturing” to become commonplace, where complex metals and textiles are printed as easily as plastics or ceramics, where 3D printers sit alongside traditional machining methods in a symbiotic relationship, and where consumers can simply scan 3D images on their phones and print them at home or online (imagine the selfie market alone!). The good news is that this future appears close.
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After two decades of slow adoption and evolution, we are now reaching a tipping point in 3D printing, a point where Meg Whitman of HP wants to capture a piece of the growth (HP plans to introduce its own 3D printer in 2014), a point where GE bought the largest service provider of metal printing (Morris Technologies) to speed technology advancement and adoption, and a point where, at last check, there are at least 30 Kickstarter campaigns for new 3D printers, software, materials, or scanners.