Ease of Use is the Biggest Barrier to Entry for 3D Printing

What do you think the biggest problem for mass adoption of 3D printers is these days? Surprisingly, it’s not cost. Rather, the biggest issue is ease of use. And, according to John Dogru CEO of 3DPrinterOS, the 3D printer market is facing the same challenges now that the first computers faced about 40 years ago.

“There’s going to be an explosion of desktop, 3D printers,” says Dogru. “What the PC did for the information age the 3D printer will do for the next generation of manufacturers.”

The beauty of the 3D printer is that, as Dogru explains, humans are designing a product in one country, manufacturing it in another, and distributing it in yet another country. That is, anybody can design, refine, modify, or print a product now, and not just at one source but multiple sources.

But it all boils back down to ease of use: users can’t do any of this if they don’t know what they’re doing in the first place. To that end 3DPrinterOS has developed an OS that operates entirely in the cloud that’s integrated into 3D manufacturers across the world.

According to the team, their system allows anybody access to printers, send schematics, and then watch parts being built in real time via webcams. Through the cloud they can effectively access resources in other peoples’ houses – I could share a 3D printer with people in London right now and they could print directly to it. … (read more)

Source: Tech.co

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