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Top 10 3D Printing Projects on Kickstarter

From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.

Although analyst predictions differ, all are in agreement that the 3D printing industry is growing and likely will continue to grow at a notable pace. Wohlers Report 2014, for example, puts the worldwide 3D printing industry at $3.07 billion in 2013 and anticipates that figure will reach $12.8 billion by 2018 and over $21 billion by 2020.

Another mechanism to measure the popularity of 3D printing in its variety of forms can be found by looking at how popular these sorts of projects are on the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform.  Without fail, the most popular of these projects are funded at seven or ten times the amount the originator hoped to raise. Most received funding within a thirty day funding window and some were funded in minutes. By every measure, 3D printing has captured the hearts, and pocketbooks, of technologists all over the world.

Click on the image below to review the top 10 most successful Kickstarter projects over the past 12 months:

Top 10 3D Printing Projects on Kickstarter

What place do you think 3D printing will take in the OEM electronics market? Let us know in the comments section below.

1 comment on “Top 10 3D Printing Projects on Kickstarter

  1. docdivakar
    April 21, 2015

    No doubt many 3D printing startups on Kickstarter will close! The first slide says it all -a third are still experimenting how 3D printing might apply and the second third are ONLY using it for proto's. And another third are NOT even bothering with it! Granted this is the current trend, it still does not bode well for 3D printing in electronics.

    Back in the 90's, I used many SLA's for proto's (long before the buzz word 3D printing came into vogue!) and they had a specific purpose -design iteration. A part in hand was very valuable to see all aspects of the design. It seems to me that many OEMs will be fitting into  this paradigm for many years to come in electronics as well.

    MP Divakar

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