The 3D Printing market is set to grow to $12.5bn by 2018. Fueled by the lower cost of entry to this equipment, end consumers as well as studios, engineering companies and schools.

Add to this Laser Cutting & Engraving, Desktop CNC, and 3D Scanning, and the market is really exciting. This machinery is still pretty new, and has teething problems for the average user. At the end of the day, people still suffer from paper jams and cartridge problems on desktop printers, so this world is continuing to have challenges.

Add the complexity of a controlling computer, varying types of consumable (e.g. printer filament) and the challenges grow rapidly.

3D Printing Filament Comparison

Feel free to download our handy comparison chart for many different types of 3D Printing filament

Sources
https://rigid.ink/pages/filament-comparison-guide
http://www.makeshaper.com/filament-comparison-guide/
http://zx3d.com.au/3d-scanners-en-2/
http://www.matterhackers.com/3d-printer-filament-compare
https://all3dp.com/best-3d-printer-filament-types-pla-abs-pet-exotic-wood-metal/

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