Are we there yet? Really!
Old news: Last week MakerBot announced their new Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer. It is 37% bigger and more accurate—100 micron layers.
This week Formlabs announced Form 1, an even higher resolution desktop 3D printer—25 micron layers. Funded by Kickstarter!
As I mentioned last week, we have been watching 3D printing technology evolve for the last 20 years. Every
Have we arrived? Our check list:
- Purchase price under $3,000: Yes.
- Supplies: Close enough.
Good enough for most applicationsYes.
- Speed: Maybe.
- Durability: Too early to tell, but that is no reason to wait.
- Ease of use: A software problem? If it is not easy enough for most Rhino users, it could be our fault.
So the answer is: Yes, and faster than we ever expected!
If you don't have a 3D printer yet, buy one in the coming year, and expect to replace it in
two years six months or less with something even more amazing.