The Next Big Thing
The tide has turned on this technology. Yes, it's still slow, requiring a few hours per piece. Yes, it's still expensive, with home versions starting at $1,300. But it's not that slow, and it's not that expensive, and as those two factors become more marginalized and the technology more refined, it could truly spark a manufacturing revolution. Imagine creating a product prototype with a customer's logo embossed into the plastic as he sits in your office. It's not far off.
What could this mean for the promotional products industry? For the printing industry? Is it a game changer? That call is hard to make right now, but with how quickly things are moving and how much media attention it is generating, that lawyer may have been right: 3-D printing absolutely could be the next big thing.