From my research it does look exciting, if the industry can overcome some logistical issues with speed and materials. What says the MB?
It is radical technology that will change the way we live, at least as much as smartphones and social media, though the progress will be a little slower to percolate through society - probably more like PC market growth, as this is a hardware based technology that requires some sophistication at this point.
However, I liken it to CD burning - at first only nerds could do it, then everybody could do it - now nobody does it because we're on to the next technology. 3D printing will replace much of the nonspecialized manufacturing in China. What will become valuable again is the creative process as people will want to print from the best designs, rather than get the cheapest thing that will work, because they will largely be in control of their final costs.
This post was edited on 2/11 at 2:39 pm