February 26, 2015 AT 12:51 pm

3D printing in the home ‘way overhyped’ #3DThursday


Autodesk CEO: 3D printing in the home ‘way overhyped’

Despite years of intense interest in 3D printing, and the proliferation of consumer-grade devices like the MakerBot, the technology is “way overhyped” for home use, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said today.

Speaking at the Real2015 conference here, Bass argued that although there are plenty of great uses for 3D printing for both consumer and industrial use, the technology has been overblown when it comes to its potential for mainstream use. “It’s a stupid idea,” he told VentureBeat, adding that it is an “amazing” technology for a small subset of the population.

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