3D printing is in a bit of a doldrums. The novelty has worn off and the limited utility of the technology has been made clear. The bloom is especially off the rose of home 3D printing thanks to slow improvements in the actual technology involved in squirting plastic into clever shapes. There are only so many Yoda heads you can print before the 3D printer starts collecting dust.
But behind the scenes things are improving incrementally in the space. Printers are far cheaper than they once were and they are now commonplace in school classrooms. Dreams of a 3D printer on every desk are going to take a bit longer than expected.
That hasn’t stopped Makerbot from trying to add a little more utility and ease-of-use to its latest Replicator.