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Discussion:

1. Formlabs Form 1

Best-Case Scenario: “The crowd-funded CES darling continues to win tech headlines and geek’s hearts across America.”

Worst-Case Scenario:”Consumers laugh at the Form 1’s $3,000+ price tag, opting for the $600 RoBo 3D.”

2. MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)

Best-Case Scenario: “he most familiar name in the industry, the MakerBot Replicator (5th gen) becomes the iPod of 3D printers, synonymous with sleek design, luxury, and ease-of-use.”

Worst-Case Scenario: “MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis calls an emergency press conference after growing reports of manufacturer defects.”

3. Flashforge Creator 1

Best-Case Scenario: “Cost-conscious consumers skip the buzz, and buy the Flashforge Creator 1, a Chinese-made alternative for less than half the price of its top competitors.”Worst-Case Scenario:”In a wave of patriotism, U.S. consumers ignore the Flashforge’s low price and selection of features, insisting that they want something “American-made.”

4. RoBo 3D 1 PLA

Best-Case Scenario: “With its $600 price tag, the RoBo 3D gains mass-market appeal.”

Worst-Case Scenario:”Penny-pinching consumers order the RoBo 3D, then wait eight weeks for the shipment to arrive.”

Source: TIME

Date: January 16th, 2014

Link: http://techland.time.com/2014/01/16/best-and-worst-case-scenarios-for-four-3d-printers/

Questions for discussion:

  • In today’s culture, which 3-D printer do you think is most likely to succeed? Why?

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