If you’re wondering about the health of the market for 3D printers and 3D printing technology, put your thoughts at ease. Market research firm Canalys says almost 133,000 3D printers were shipped around the world during 2014, and that represents a whopping 68% increase over the calendar year 2013.
Phi Beta Iota: The true cost of operations, maintenance, and materials is roughly 25 times higher than advertised, and this is beginning to be appreciated by both heavy users and occasional users (two different true cost matrices). What is not yet appreciated is the true cost of further deepening societies dependence on chlorine-based plastics, or — possibly positive — the true savings of beginning to eliminate some of the supply chains. 3D printing has not yet been studied by the necessary combination of holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering.