3D printing is at the peak of Gartner’s Hype Cycle.
Every year Gartner, a leading technology analyst firm, publishes what they call the “Hype Cycle” graph of emerging technologies. It is based on a theory that new technology goes through five stages after introduction to the market as hype creates unrealistic expectations which eventually collapse. Only afterwards is the true value of the technology utilized.
3D printing is right at the top of Gartner’s Hype Cycle on the Peak of Inflated Expectations. If the theory holds, we can expect these expectations to come crashing down in the next couple years. This does not imply that 3D printing is a useless technology, it just means that expectations are unrealistic. What do you think? Is 3D printing over-hyped?