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3D Printers: Coming Soon to an Office Near You?

Nov 1

3D Printers: Coming Soon to an Office Near You?
Not a week goes by without some media organization publishing a story about 3D printing. And this isn’t just in tech news – Google ‘Buttercup the duck’ to read a feel-good story about how a 3D printer was used to create a new prosthetic replacement foot for this defective duck. Or search for ‘3D casts’ to learn about how this technology could lead to hygienic, breathable support for sufferers of broken bones.

Amazon.com recently introduced a dedicated product sub-category on its website for all things personal 3D printing. The section features 3D printers as well as some parts and consumables. An upcoming revision of Windows 8.1 will feature native driver support for 3D printing. According to Scott Dunham, Research Manager of Photizo Group, the premier research and consulting firm in the imaging industry, “…the industry’s biggest players now expect that proliferation of 3D printing to everyday businesses and consumers is the next frontier in the market.” NewScientist.com says we are experiencing a second industrial revolution, and that 3D printing, "is about to transform every single aspect of our lives."

But just how close is 3D printing to becoming mainstream and a staple hardware device in offices everywhere?

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