Industrial 3D printers are the basis for breath-taking innovation. In China, five-story houses are being printed, and complete car bodies and aircraft engines are being made using "Rapid Prototyping". Even organic tissue has already been successfully printed. The first retail chains have 3D printers in stock. However, the initial hype has calmed down enough to ask the question of whether the technology is mature enough for end consumers. Not everyone will have their own replicator in the home in the next ten years. More probable are specialised 3D hubs in public areas, where customers can send their templates.
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