Off the Rails Consumer vs. Enterprise 3D Printing
Consumer and enterprise 3D printing have been hurtling down the tracks of a roller coaster called "The Gartner Hype Cycle." The path illustrates the maturity of emerging technologies as they pass through five key phases—technology trigger, a peak of inflated expectations, a trough of disillusionment, a slope of enlightenment, and plateau of productivity. While consumer 3D printing recently found itself in the trough of disillusionment after riding a peak of inflated expectations, enterprise 3D printing is much further down the tracks—serious digital fabrication is enabling companies put satellites into orbit, electric cars on freeways, and everyday devices into people's hands and homes. The FATHOM team knows this firsthand, working with leading organizations to drive greater innovation and push the limits of manufacturing using 3D printing.