3D printing has been getting a lot of attention these days. Maybe too much.
The chart below shows the number of Google hits for 3D printing for each of the last 4 years. The hits are in millions and for 12 month September to September time periods.
There's also been a lot of announcements around new things that can manufactured using 3D printing. My favorite is Airbus announcing it hopes to make planes using 3D printers. Before you get too excited, they hope to do this by 2050.
We agree. 3D printing is and will continue to an excellent niche tool for making things as well as wonderful device for product designers. But broad, mainstream use of 3D printing is still at least 3-5 years away.