The advent of 3D printing technology has bridged the gap between the digital and the physical world. Similar in operation to 2D printers, 3D printers use thousands of layers of material which are printed layer upon layer with the help of an extruder to create the objects in 3D. Through this emerging technology, desktop 3D printers have made 3D printing accessible and affordable for a large number of population. Desktop 3D printers can be used in homes, offices, schools and universities, among other end-user sectors. The evolution in 3D printing technologies and gradual decrease in the cost of desktop 3D printers have led to the expansion of 3D printers in major domains of application. 3D printing has now spread over the world of clothing, shoes, frames, food, and experimenting with 3D printed dresses, chocolates and shoes.
The market of 3D printing has witnessed drastic changes since its initial years and has expanded over many end-use industries including healthcare. The 3D printing material market has become more pervasive with rapid technological advancement and the expansion of 3D printing industry, transforming the dynamics of manufacturing industry. The deep chasm between the digital and physical has been bridged with the innovation of 3D printing and now people are widely using this emerging technology for a physical representation of their digital design and products.