Within three years, 3D printers will be available for the price of a high-end PC and the technology, already well proven, will begin to change the way many companies go about doing business, says Gartner research director Pete Basiliere. The effect overall is likely to be on the order of that produced by e-commerce in recent years. "The commercial market for 3D print applications will continue expanding into architectural, engineering, geospatial and medical uses, as well as short-run manufacturing," Gartner predicts in its report.

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