Last May, our team at 3DPrint.com collaborated on a series of predictions for the remainder of 2014. As you may have seen, many of our predictions were spot on, while others were pretty downright awful. I thought that since 2014 was coming to an end it was time for another series of predictions for 2015 and how I think it may shape up from a 3D printing standpoint. These are mostly my personal opinions, though I did try and take into account trends, our team’s thoughts, and my crystal ball that my Great Uncle Borris gave me several years ago. Here you have it, my 2015 3D Printing Predictions….
- 3D Printer Units Sold to Top Estimates by a Wide Margin…
- At Least One Major Acquisition of a 3D Printing Market Leader…
- SLA Desktop 3D Printer Sales Will Increase Faster Than Those of FDM/FFF Printers…
- A Major Corporation Will Enter the Market in a Big Way…
- A Materials Explosion!…
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
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