Our goal is to one day make 3D printing as common in offices, factories, schools and homes as laser printers are today.
Just as desktop publishing exploded as prices dropped and laser printers became ubiquitous, so too will new uses for
3D printing emerge as devices become inexpensive and widely available.
Desktop Factory was started by Idealab in 2004 to realize this goal. Collectively, a team of experts with over 100 years of experience in 3D printing, laser printing and CAD/CAM worked on bringing affordable 3D printing capability to designers, engineers, students and eventually hobbyists and other home users. In 2009, 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing parts, systems and solutions acquired key assets of Desktop Factory after the company's long continued effort to find financial alternative for the required development. The core team of remaining Desktop Factory employees was invited to join 3D Systems, underscoring the company's intention to invest resources and move forward with the development of a sub-$5K 3-D printer.
Inexpensive 3D printing technology greatly expands the ability of designers and engineers to see physical models of their concepts before committing to more expensive, hand-made prototypes. Until recently, only those working within major corporations or other big-budget environments have had access to this important but costly tool. With affordable 3D Printers, small firms and independent professionals are able to provide these same benefits to their clients and open up new markets for their talents.
The use of this technology in education is particularly important, providing engineering students and faculty with opportunities to develop skills relevant to state-of-the-art design, tooling and manufacturing processes used in industry today. Our 3D printer will encourage the creative and imaginative skills of students by giving shape to their ideas.
Looking to the Future
Within a few years, even lower cost 3D printers will be affordable for home use. Imagine your child being able to select a toy from a catalog or even design his or her own and create it right at home. Think about the benefits of making your own parts for sprinkler systems or small appliances at your desk at home. The long-range possibilities are endless. 3D Systemsí 3D printers are set to unleash a new wave of talent and productivity in a three-dimensional world.
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