Consumer 3D Printing

Final users of 3D printing technologies were the last category to emerge. This category includes primarily adopters of consumer 3D printing technologies. These may be enthusiasts and hobbyists who have purchased a 3D printer as a garage tool to further explore the production of drones, miniature models, RC cars or accessories.

This category of adopters was created when the RepRap movement made many of the technologies and processes necessary to build 3D printers available to everyone through open source sharing of information. Focusing primarily on filament extrusion and – in minor part – on DLP stereolithographic technologies, this movement led to a further, drastic reduction in the price of some 3D printers, taking it from the $5,000 professional and prosumer cost level to below $1,000 (with some systems running as low as $200).

Early RepRap adopters and developers often evolved their expertise thus creating a new business segment for affordable desktop 3D printers. This trend was – and continues to be – driven by the Maker movement, which is largely made up of amateur engineers and artists who have embraced digital manufacturing technologies and make things for the sake of making.

While in many cases this passion for making leads to failures or products that prove to be useless on unattainable, there is no doubt that the maker movement and amateur 3D printing adoption has been instrumental in raising global awareness around the use of these technologies, proving much more effective – to this day – than initiative promoted by governments and large corporations.

Latest consumer 3D printing news:

One Piece characters 3D printed to real-life size for 20th anniversary of manga series

One Piece manga fans had a chance to get interactive with their favorite One Piece characters 3D printed in huge…

3 days ago

Bastion Cycles brings Renishaw metal 3D printing in house

In the cycling world, Australia-based company Bastion Cycles has been something of a beacon for additive manufacturing. Though not the…

6 days ago

Five footwear industry leaders using 3D printing for production today

Footwear 3D printing is set to grow into a 6.3 billion overall revenue opportunity over the next 10 years (according…

1 week ago

Covestro developing 3D printed orthopedic insoles made from TPU

German chemical company Covestro has revealed the first details about a new application for its TPU material for additive manufacturing:…

3 weeks ago

Stratasys launches Performance Partner Program to fuel AM in high-performance areas

Stratasys has today launched its new Performance Partner Program, which will bring together teams and companies from across auto racing,…

3 weeks ago

Jaguar Land Rover developing 3D printed protective glove for workers

A UK-based team of engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are putting their skills to work by designing a lightweight 3D…

4 weeks ago

New Balance and Formlabs present new 3D printed FuelCell Echo Triple sneaker

Following the success of the first 3D printed sneaker produced using the TripleCell platform—the 990 Sport—partners New Balance and Formlabs…

4 weeks ago

Cincinnati Inc. signs 10-year manufacturing partnership with Hendrick Motorsports

Cincinnati Incorporated, an Ohio-based machine equipment manufacturer, has signed a 10-year partnership agreement with NASCAR racing team Hendrick Motorsports. The…

4 weeks ago

TU Delft researcher 3D prints tuna-inspired underwater drone

Underwater aquatic research seems to be taking up a new motto: do as the fish do! There is an undeniable…

1 month ago

You’ll go straight to the dark side for this 3D printed Darth Vader suit

This is not the first time we’ve seen 3D printing take cosplay to the next level, but it is easily…

1 month ago