This USA Today story continues the push of 3D printing into the mainstream media. This story points out the common themes - relatively inexpensive 3D printer machines and the increasing capabilities of more people to more effectively use the various software tools and 3D printers. From the article:
"Thanks to the Internet and declining hardware costs, 3D printing — once a specialized process used sparingly by industrial companies for prototyping — is becoming more common among design hobbyists and entrepreneurs." Yes, 3D printing is now more widely used and accepted as a viable technology with many applications.
We'd respectfully disagree with the statement in the article: "Despite its potential, 3D-printing technology does not yet pose a serious threat to traditional manufacturing." We believe that more advanced 3D printing / additive manufacturing technologies like high temperature laser sintering are disruptive technologies that are already breaking new ground in manufacturing, doing things that traditional manufacturing simply cannot do. Though we may agree that it's not (yet) happening in neighborhood kitchens or garages.
Check out the video from the story: