October 3, 2012 AT 4:15 am

Will 3D Printers Conquer the Consumer Market?

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Will the explosion of DIY 3D printers as seen at Maker Faire reach the mainstream?
via TechNewsDaily.

The 3D printer seems to have gone mainstream, at least for the do-it-yourself movement that populates the Maker Faire. But it remains to be seen if some “killer app” will make these printers a must-have item for consumers.

This year’s Maker Faire devoted an entire tent to perhaps a dozen brands of 3D printer, many of them for sale at the faire or for later delivery. While all share the same basic functionality — they build a shape in plastic, layer by layer — they each present slight design variations.

Their proponents are enthusiastic about the printers’ potential. “It’s like a new industrial revolution,” said Siert Wijnia, a founder of Netherlands-based Ultimaker. “[3D printers] are where the microcomputer was 30 years ago.”

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