It is kind of interesting to see what people think about 3D printing of products as of today. Within only a few years, people will say “is that all …”, “quaint isn’t it …”, “could they not do that …” etc
The effect of printing in 3D on the economy could be surprising as so many companies reassess their business models and their use of additive manufacturing. Especially for mass customizing their products. For business and consumers alike, the desire and delivery of personalized products is not that far off. Some businesses are already starting to seriously dabble with designing models for 3D printing products that will end up in retail stores. Mostly for items which are costly to produce in any other way or there is only a need for small quantities of them which are never to be repeated.
We just don’t realize it but we are surrounded by things which were 3D printed first of all by simply stepping into a car.