3D printing is big news. Dita Von Teese wore a printed dress last week and Jay Leno is using a 3D printer to make replacement car parts. Some people are even using these high tech printers to make action figures of themselves. But how long before this technology crosses over from toys of the rich into the realm of ordinary folks like ourselves?
We saw plenty of 3D printers like Cubify 3D this year at CES, but prices are still a few dollars out of the reach of mainstream adoption.
According to a cool new infograhic from Behance, if you follow the trends for how long technology has gone from invention to total market saturation, we'll all be printing action figures of ourselves in 2040.
If you've ever seen a 3D printer in action, you know these aren't small devices. In fact, their size is more similar in size to a refrigerator than a desktop printer, but their power is in their speed and accuracy. Check out the 1:06 mark in the video below to see what I mean. Basically, you need a whole separate office for these incredible machines.
So they're bigger than my entire workspace. I still want one.
For now, some lucky users abroad can turn to Staples for 3D printing or you can turn to 3D printing services like Shapeways to realize your ideas in three dimensions.