Consumer 3D printing no longer exciting, says 3D Systems


Following several developments this year focussed on 3D printing for industrial users, 3D Systems has announced additions to its management team and said it had “no interest” in courting the consumer market.

In an interview with TechCrunch, 3D Systems’ CEO Vyomesh Joshi – who started in the role in April – said last week’s announcement by GE “validates” the shift by companies to production.

GE announced its intention to buy European metal additive manufacturing companies SLM Solutions and Arcam for $US 1.4 billion cumulatively.

“I don’t think the consumer business is real, because there’s no use for it,” Joshi told TechCrunch.

“I have no interest right now in going after the consumer business. You buy the printer and you’re using it once a year. That’s not exciting to me.”

The company, a pioneer with the invention of its stereolithography technology in 1986, cancelled its Cube desktop printers late last year.

The company also announced a partnership with PTC, updates on its “digital alternative to injection molding”, launched a new workflow software solution, and unveiled a new management team. This coincided with the Chicago International Manufacturing Technology Show.


Joshi’s comments follow developments this year including GE’s announcement, Stratasys’s recent unveiling of two new industrial technologies, HP’s release of its enterprise-grade printers, and Carbon’s M1 printer launch.



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