For now, 3D-printing is in its early stages, and while it’s likely to have a big future impact on many industries including automotive, medical and pharmaceutical, it still feels like consumers, tinkerers, and small businesses, may never be able to get their hands on the technology at a reasonable price.
Well, according to a report by Gartner, an information technology research company, enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for under $2,000 by 2016, meaning consumers should be able to experiment with this technology in their homes and small businesses sooner rather than later.
“The material science behind 3D printing processes and materials will continue to progress, and affordable 3D printers are lowering the cost of entry into manufacturing,” a statement from Gartner read.
3D printers can make everything from game pieces to skull replacements. While some companies, like Staples, are trying to bring easy 3D printing to the masses, currently the price of this new technology is still prohibitively high.