Expect Greater Consumer Adoption of 3D Printing
The automotive, aerospace, industrial and medical industries have used 3D printing to create customized in-ear hearing aids, fuel-efficient vehicles and better consumer products. Expect consumers to be the next ones to create useful and innovative products on the devices.
"3D printing opens up mass experimentation in the home and will bring new products to the market," Shawn Dubravac, CEA's chief economist and senior director of research, said during a panel on Five Technology Trends to Watch at CEA's Industry Forum this week in San Francisco.
Experts expect advancements in the devices will foster more sophisticated and accurate manufacturing via future 3D printers. A variety of production templates that consumers can easily input into the devices, programming standardization and widespread user collaboration will also help drive the sale of 3D printers to consumers, the panelists said.