Ten days ago digital production blog Replicator outlined five reasons ‘Why 3D Printers Won’t Go Mainstream‘. The expense and complexity of plastics as well as the difficulty in designing 3D objects are some of the reasons detailed. A few days later, the Solid Smack blog posted ‘Why 3D Printers Will Go Mainstream’ including smaller hardware and the convenience in their reasoning as well as some tongue-in-cheek hypotheses: “It will be marketed as gift item on talk radio during the holidays.”
So what do you think? Will 3D printers be as ubiquitous in home and offices as inkjet printers? And what about other forms of rapid manufacturing? Will people want CNC machines and laser cutters?
And at the root of this is the question, will ‘creating’ become more mainstream? I doubt there are any designers that would turn down any affordable manufacturing machine. But to what extent will the general public want to be the designers?