3D printing technology developing, still struggles to go mainstream

3D printers have come a long way, but despite technological advancements, struggle to go mainstream.

Published Sun, Feb 15 2015 10:25 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

3D printing technology has evolved at a fast rate over the past few years, but 3D printing still struggles to go mainstream among consumers. Prices for 3D printers and filaments are dropping, but consumers simply don't need one, even as more 3D-printed products and foods are introduced.

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A wider selection of consumer 3D printers are available, but most consumers appear willing to wait for the market to develop further.

"Other than some of these cool examples, when does 3D printing go mainstream?" questioned Guy Kawasaki, tech analyst and former Apple chief evangelist, in a statement to CNBC. "I understand you can 3D print food. That's kind of a stretch for me. The fact that someone can 3D print a car doesn't mean you're gonna do it. So it may be that we're just a little bit too early to see what's really gonna happen there."

To go mainstream, prices will need to drop further - and companies will have to show consumers they need a 3D printer, or it will remain a niche product for the foreseeable future.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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