This past week, at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York, NY, 3D Systems announced that it is introducing 3D Printing 2.0, or the "next generation" of the technology, according to Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, in an interview on Fox Business Network. He called it 2.0 because the technology is "going from expensive and complicated to inexpensive and simple."
Given the recent acquisition activity of 3D Systems and Stratasys Ltd.—the two giants in the 3D printing world—it seems that this time around additive manufacturing is here to stay. Reichental, at least, denies that this is a "3D printing bubble," pointing to the company's 24 new products just launched, including the third generation Cube 3D, the company's first sub-$1000 machine. The Cube 3D has faster print speeds, higher 75-micron resolution, and a multimaterial, dual-color cartridge system that is easier to load than a 2D printer cartridge. Higher speed WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a permanently leveled print pad, and seamless integration with the new Cubify mobile app make 3D printing easier than ever before. The Cube is expected to commence shipment during the second quarter of 2014.