. Vyomesh answered all of Johnny’s questions with a fair degree of abstraction that basically said they think 3D printing is important, but not sure how important or when it would become important. They see it as an extension of their professional, industrial, large format, plotter market but did not see the consumer market being a focus in the near future. The interview did however reiterate multiple times that HP has 25 years of experience in the ‘printing industry’ but it is very rare for the old guard to be the new guard after a revolution such as that promised by 3D printing.
It’s easy to imagine that in the future, 3D printing will enable people to be creative and express themselves in entirely new ways. Just as color inkjet printing opened the door for consumers to use photos and images in creative new applications, I could envision people using 3D printing to design unique, personalized items such as jewelry, eyeglasses or other accessories. Vyomesh Joshi
We don’t really need to imagine this in the future as it is already happening now on Shapeways.