A lot of excitement has been building around the technology known as 3D printing within the last 1-2 years. The question that we should be asking ourselves is: Is 3D printing the revolutionary game-changer that we are being told it is?
The excitement and talk about this emerging field has been accelerating at a fast pace. Many people are beginning to awaken to this technology with leaders such as former Wired chief editor Chris Anderson speaking exuberantly about 3D printing and news sources writing about 3D-printed guns and bioprinting at an ever-increasing rate. Makerbot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis has staunchly supported 3D printing and its “potential to change the way we make almost everything.” But once one has settled into this supposed era of mainstream 3d printing where analysts predict that soon every home will have a 3D printer, one wonders if this is a realistic approach or just inflated hype.