In a recent interview with Tech News World, CORE Consulting’s Jesse Daily weighed in on the future of in-home 3D Printing. Read below to hear more about where this technology is headed…
With all the buzz about 3D Printing in the media, it’s no wonder that software giant Microsoft announced a plan to incorporate support through its Windows operating system for consumers with in-home 3D Printers. But what does that really mean for this technology? Will you really be able to print replacement parts for broken items within your home? Or make that designer jewelry, action figure, or gadget that you’ve had your eye on? Of course you need to have software support to make your 3D Printing wishes come true, but will the printing material be able to meet the needs of any consumer application?
In-home 3D Printing is getting closer to becoming a reality for many consumers as the price of the machine gets lower and lower. Still, the cost of the printing material remains high when compared to the retail price of many items that can be readily purchased instead of printed. Although 3D Printing provides a more affordable answer to prototypes in the manufacturing world, the cost is still fairly high to the average consumer. It may be some time before we see 3D printing affordable and accessible enough for the average consumer.
One way that the consumer goods industry plans to combat this cost is by reducing the obstacles involved with creating your own file from which to print. In the very near future, companies will allow consumers to purchase downloadable files to 3D Print replacement parts, new and improved components, and product accessories. There are already many resources for free CAD files on the internet, but we’re almost certain to see a tightening on the regulations for file sharing much like we did in the early days of music and video file sharing.
The future of 3D Printing lies in the design realm. As machines become more affordable, material costs decline, files become accessible and desirable, and software support becomes standard issue with the Microsoft Windows package, consumers will take to designing their own gadgets at home. The future of 3D Printing lies in the hands of the consumer!