Great technologies often get the hype, but often wind up not going anywhere. Take night vision. First introduced in the 2000 Cadillac Deville, it ranked third in a list of the automotive features consumers crave most, according to a recent J.D. Powers study. When night vision's market price ($1,800) was revealed, though, the technology plummeted to number 19. Consumers may think it's cool, but clearly aren't willing to vote with their checkbooks.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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