3D printing is on the verge of entering mainstream culture. The technology had already matured a decade ago, but the ability to create real-life objects from 3D models was too expensive, reserved for serious design and prototyping purposes. In contrast, today, 3D printing is used to make anything from medical devices to fashion accessories, guns and personalised sex toys.
The infographic below, created by our friends at Farnell UK, looks at the current state of the 3D printing industry and charts the way it could develop over the next three decades.
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