In Pictures: The worst of 3D printing hype

Undoubtedly, 3D printing is a groundbreaking technology with the potential to change the world. However, the technology has been over-hyped lately, so much so that some experts anticipate consumers will be largely disappointed with the technology’s reality. Amid reports of some of the most important 3D printing projects, some projects over-state their potential, are too expensive to ever be practical, or are just plain useless.

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‘3D-printed jumbo jet’ Similarly, a TED Talk published recently proposes “a 3D-printed jumbo jet” in its title. The presentation, given by a designer at Airbus, focuses on potential material and structure of an airplane that may, theoretically, reduce the energy consumption of air travel at some point in the future. Of course, a 3D-printed jumbo jet likely won’t come to fruition for decades, if ever, but pitching a theory as a “3D-printed jumbo jet” is a great way to attract attention to it.

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