If you believe the hype, 3D printing will be everywhere sooner or later. It’s only a matter of time before the price comes down enough for everybody to afford one. Many companies are jumping onto the hype train before it becomes mainstream, but one company in particular is the focus of today’s video.
The Creator’s Project, a video series that looks at how artists are using technology in new ways, recently released a feature on 3D printing. The video looks at Shapeways in particular as the site has been instrumental in expanding the reach of 3D printing beyond traditional manufacturing. In a way, the site is kind of like the Etsy of 3D printing as designers can sell their creations to the masses.
The amount of items available on Shapeways is actually kind of staggering. Designers are selling everything from modern art to Steve Jobs busts.
In a similar vein, Thingiverse is also shaking up the 3D printing industry by offering designs that 3D printer owners can make themselves. No longer does somebody have to be an expert in 3D design to make everyday objects. They can just download the files from Thingiverse and get to work.
Shapeways and Thingiverse are just two brands that are leading the charge into the future of 3D printing. The hardware itself has made leaps and bounds since it became affordable only a few years ago. Now there are numerous successful Kickstarter campaigns where people are pledging thousands of dollars to see cheaper 3D printers be brought to market.
It’s an exciting time to be in the industry as the future is exceedingly bright.