3-D printing will be a real opportunity for those who are looking for “the next big thing”

I’m going out on a limb here, but I think 3-D printing can be a viable market for printers looking for new things to sell. While not printing in the traditional sense, 3-D printing requires many of the same skills and qualities that we have developed as traditional printers. Some of these include attention to detail, proficiency with precise tolerances and comfort with rapidly changing technologies. While 3-D printing has traditionally been used mostly for model making and prototypes, it is now becoming cost effective for short-run manufacturing projects. For more information on 3-D printing see Caroline Culbertson’s article “3D Printing: Science Nonfiction That Could Change Everything” in the September 2012 Wide Format News.