The term “3D printer” gets applied to a lot of devices, sometimes including high-end additive manufacturing systems. Yet the term seems more fitting when applied to less expensive machines, particularly the desktop machines that actually resemble a printer.
We were promised sneakers and dinner at the push of a button, and instead we got tchotchkes. 3D printing has not yet lived up to the hype heaped upon it, which we can mostly chalk up to the technical challenge of consistently printing multiple materials, and in multiple colors at once. But Stratasys, th