We’ve crossed the threshold for 3D printers, and they’re finally getting taken seriously. Yes, finally. For those in the know, the 3D printing market started out expensive, slow, and impractical, but in 2014 consumers were loud and clear. Around 130,000 printers were sold last year, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg — by 2018, the number is projected to reach 2.3 million printers sold. Growing by more than 1000% in ten years is nothing to scoff at. The first digital cameras, laptop computers, and cell phones all started out as unwieldy bricks with terrible features, and yet today’s smartphone cameras are far, far better than any digital camera on the market back then. That’s just the way technology works. 3D printing is expected to grow into a $13 billion industry by 2018 — with companies like 3D Systems at the forefront, we’re thrilled to see how desktop printers evolve in the next few years. Until then, here are a few advancements in 3D printing that might surprise you.
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