This picture shows my statue in 3D, height about 10cm. For only $30, I got this 'mini-me', made by Shapeways. If you want one in Europe, check Twinkind.com, but you'll have to pay about 10 times as much.
For almost two decades I’ve been working on printing technologies and presses, from conventional offset to digital printing and I am a close follower of developments in the world of 3D. Yes, 3D is a hype, but one to stay. Many grants are awarded to push 3D innovation. For example: UK-based inkjet head manufacturer Xaar was one of the winners of a big UK government/private sector investment to further develop inkjet heads for advanced manufacturing. Xaar is working with a consortium from the Food and Packaging Industry, among them Unilever.
Under the surface of what we conveniently call '3D' is a jungle of technologies, industries, platforms and risky investments, which all share the desire of becoming the standard in their part of the industry. Xaar is just one example. However, in the last ten years, Xaar proved to be capable of gaining an important share of digital printing in the packaging industry. Can they do the same in competing with other technologies and methods of additive manufacturing? Only time will tell and nothing is set in stone. Nokia learned the hard way that no one is invincible, when the smart phone was introduced.
In the meantime consumers just await the developments and enjoy the benefits of 3D technology, in serious matters (think about the medical applications of 3D) or the less serious ones (getting ourselves a 'mini-me').
Mesut Celebi, CEO GOS