Hardware analysts at IDC are estimating that 3D printer shipments will grow ten times in the period between now and 2017. Printers, once the provenance of hackers and engineers, will soon be household commodities.“Print is extending beyond output on media to the creation of an actual object, and that presents incredible opportunity,” quoth Keith Kmetz, VP at IDC. “While traditional print technologies are facing maturity, 3D printers will see worl ...

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