3D Printing is the 2013 cause celebre as the popular press predicts that this technology can displace the current Chinese manufacturing economy and also allow consumers to “print” our dinners , . This spike in popularity is also reflected that over 70% of consumer grade “e-books” concerning 3D Printing were published in 2013. But, like many technologies, there is a question whether the current rush towards 3D printing in the consumer market will result in a “false start”, such as with tablet computing during the 1980’s and 1990’s, or if this precedes an a predictable adoption curve . This purpose of this paper is to try and forecast the adoption rate of “consumer grade” 3D printers for use in a typical United States household. Several assumptions are made. The first assumption is made that the consumer will treat the 3D printer as a “durable good”. The second assumption is that the consumer’s purchasing limit will be $1000. The third assumption is that the cost of consumables will be less than the equivalent cost of the product when purchased.
Balasubramanian, Aparna; Edmondson, Curt; and Narvekar, Kruti, "The Future of 3D Printing for the Consumer Household" (2013). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 400.