3D printers entered the markets in 2013, and seems like they will continue to spread massively in 2014. Technology research leaders, Gartner, predict worldwide shipping of 3D printers will grow at a rate of 75% in 2014, landing this kind of technology a spot in our top five predictions for this year. Check out the other four here:
3D printers come in all types, shapes and forms. They can be also used to accomplish a variety of tasks at personal and industrial levels. For example, there are small printing machines that can be used domestically to manufacture all sorts of small-scale products that can be used around the home. Watch the video below to see how this printer makes hooks and other home goods using plastic:
If you think that printer in the video above was small and portable, check out this 3D printer, “Doodle Pen” that does just as the name implies; it lets you draw in 3D! The pen uses special plastic sticks and enables people to draw real-life things directly into existence.
There are weirder 3D printers out there too. A company in Japan, for example, uses a 3D printer to make life-size doll figures of its customers. They first make a customer sit down and take high resolution pictures from all angles, they then print those onto dolls. Check out this image from one of their products:
This year, 3D printers will also enter the world of medicine. The first 3D printed liver will be produced early 2014, which will be a great advancement in both technology and medicine combined. Read more about that here.
So, do you think 2014 will be the year you buy your first 3D printer?