Experts have been predicting 3D printing would take the world by storm and change everything for almost a decade. And by some measures it has happened, just not in the way they thought it would.
The technology has existed since the 80s, but it was in 2012 when the hype around its potential really kicked off.
Enthusiasts were starting to print models and objects in their own homes. Excited artists, academics, analysts and futurists in that year spoke breathlessly about a future only five to 10 years away, where everything from clothing to food would be produced in-home from raw materials thanks to schematics available over the internet.
Even entire homes, body parts, and that annoying broken bit from your dishwasher, would be produced on demand.
3D printers can produce basically anything, so why aren’t they more common in homes?