When Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press , he set information free. And with the invention of the 3D printer, you could say we’re setting the human imagination free.
The term 3D printer is a bit misleading, because you might confuse it for a printer that can print 3D images. But 3D printers are actually little factories in a box. They can fashion objects that you design on a computer, bringing them to life. This includes everything from human body parts, architectural models and car parts, according to an infographic from HighTable .
The industry is projected to grow to $5.2 billion by the year 2020; there are already three companies that specialize in 3D printing publicly trading on the stock market.
To get a better understanding of what 3D printing technology is and how the industry is shaping up, check out the infographic below.