Tracking the availablity of 3d printers with charts!!
By: Judd Parker – email@example.com
In my previous post, I spoke about how the slow decrease in price for 3d printers runs parallel to what the inkjet printer market looked like in the 90′s. With the decrease in price, more and more people were able to purchase this useful technology. Now it goes without saying that most people who have computers have a printer. I’m not saying that EVERYONE with have a 3d printer in the future, but it is my belief that enough people will have them that it will cause some sort of disruption in the way things are manufactured. Disruptions in business models are what investors dream about.
Now for some charts!
I made a chart of some of the various 3d printers released over the past couple of years and their prices. Now hobbyists are going to look at this chart and say “Hey you forgot about ______ ! It was half the price of those models!” To them I reply with this: I tried to include only the 3d printers which met the following criteria.
- They did not require any assembly (Therefor none of the cheaper DIY kits)
- They were designed for ease of use
- They were ready to rock and roll from the moment of purchase
Essentially I was trying to find something comparable to the quality of home printers throughout the years. It is hard to get an apples to apples comparison with these printers as each had varying modeling sizes, speed, and cost of materials. These considerations are not included. I am just going off the ticket price. I am trying to illustrate the layman’s view of the cost of the technology.
Now… The chart I previously included which shows the prices of various models of Inkjet printers:
The one thing you will notice is that the cost of 3d printers has lowered at a much quicker rate than that of the inkjet printers. This quickly moving price point indicates to me that when these 3d printers become a mainstream technology, it will happen very quickly. Keep your eyes on these companies as they are moving quickly! Some of these companies worth watching are (SSYS), (DDD), and (HPQ).
As always, stay tuned to 3dPrinterStocks.com where we keep track of all the major events in the 3d printing market. Coming up we will be breaking down individual stocks related to the 3d printing industry and let you know who is creating waves and how!