Will 3-D printing live up to the hype? The Wall Street Journal put this question to The Experts, an exclusive group of industry, academic and other thought leaders who engage in in-depth online discussions of topics from the print Report.
New technologies never live up to their hype in the beginning. Or not exactly. Innovations are applied in unpredictable ways. But there is great potential for 3-D printing to enable distributed manufacturing with assembly at many assemblies, or even parts replacement by consumers in their offices or homes. The easy availability of systems that can replicate anything will then mean that the value-added premium will go to designers, customizers or hand-crafters.