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Dan Oliver talks you through the tech, reveals the best tools, and shows you how easy it is to make your first print
Technologies often simmer under the surface before emerging into the mainstream. And in the case of 3D printing, it’s taken over 30 years to finally come to the boil.
Held back by high costs and restrictive patents, 3D printing has been waiting patiently in the wings for its moment in the spotlight, but if leading tech experts and analysts are right, that moment is now upon us. And it’s time for 3D printing to take centre stage, not just in specialist areas, but at home too.
A CSC study published in March 2015, and featured in Forbes Magazine, predicted that by 2020 the global 3D print industry will be worth $8.6 billion (http://bit.ly/3dprint industry). And with prices expected to drop by 50% in the next five years, and speeds to get up to 400% faster it’s claimed, there’s never been a keener interest in 3D printing (http:// bit.ly/3dprintfacts).
Now, with the likes of Canon, Dell, Adobe, HP, and Microsoft creating their own apps and hardware, there’s a burgeoning interest in 3D printing that goes beyond its hitherto niche audience; it’s about to go mainstream, and there’s never been a better time for Mac users to get involved.
In this feature we’re going to take a look at the fascinating story behind 3D printing, uncover some of the best printers and tools for Mac users, walk you through your very first print, and reveal why so many people are catching the 3D printing bug!