Is the ‘Maker Movement’ the next Industrial Revolution?
SAN FRANCISCO – Just a few years ago, 3D was a buzz term synonymous primarily with entertainment and gadgets. Arguably, 3D turned out to be a fad that didn’t take off that well – at least as far as smartphones and HDTVs are concerned.
But 3D printing, on the other hand, is actually garnering more attention and growing in popularity thanks to the business potential the technology offers to startups and small business owners.
Brit Morin, founder and CEO of the lifestyle startup Brit + Co., predicted during her company’s first Re:Make summit at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center on Friday that the 3D printing space will grow to be a $6 billion market by 2017.
She hinted at the versatility of products that could be made her by virtually anyone with little training given that these devices can print ceramic metal, plastic, and even cookie dough.
Anderson quipped, “The next generation of industrial designers are going to be the kids that get 3D printers for Christmas this year.”
Acknowledging that most 3D printers are still quite expensive for most consumers and even small businesses, Morin also forecasted that the prices of these machines will drop down to a few hundred dollars a pop within a few years, making what is being dubbed the “Maker Movement” itself much more accessible to the general public.