3-D Printing Goes Big, Really Bighttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/12/07/3-d-printing-goes-big-really-big.aspx Alex Planes
December 7, 2012
There are many barriers delaying the truly widespread adoption of 3-D printing.
One of them is the size of the devices. Printing out a handheld toy is neat, but we use so many things that are, well, bigger. Another roadblock is multi-material capability. I covered both of these issues early in the year in my article titled "The Death of Manufacturing is Coming... Eventually," in which I compared an early Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) industrial printer with the recently announced 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) Cube. The problem with the Cube was, and remains, that it's barely more than a toy, small and materially limited. What I suggested was, instead, that:
Let's fast-forward to the present day.
I didn't accurately peg the industry that would first move on installing the technology in