• CornGolem

    Not gonna happen. It’s too far from their sector.

  • econolyst

    Absolutely agree with CornGolem – looks like an analyst trying to get this weeks column inches. Apple entered the music / DRM market because the music & film industry was hurting and needed a new way of making money whilst fighting piracy. AM/3DP is years / decades away from making any attrition into the tangible goods market, so who does he think is going to put their designs onto an I-store of things (Iverse.com). With the exceptions of a few lamp shades, toys and widgets, most products are simply too complex to manufacture effectively on consumer (or professional) 3D printing platforms.

  • http://www.hancon.ch/ Jochen H

    Only agree with Matt regarding the need of people to see, touch and get support in a physical store (we are working on it…). From my perspective it is by all means no strategic option for Apple to enter the 3D Printing market due to some factors:

    1) Too much mechanics. Apple has dropped all products with lots of mechanics like printers. They have no experience their at all. Mechanical issues are one of the challenges for all 3D printers.

    2) No mass market. Even if 3D Printing may become more popular, it will not become a product needed and wished by every household. I predict 15% of people in developed countries will have a 3D printer. But only in 10-15 years. (Btw, this is also a reason why none of the paper printer giants has entered the market yet.

    3) Lack of content. There is not enough content existing yet and I don’t see much progress here in the next few years after analyzing all new 3D model marketplaces which popped up in the last couple of months. From my perspective this is the biggest challenge for the whole industry. For becoming more mainstream firstly high-quality 3D models must be available in a very high quantity, customizable and well categorized.

  • BillD

    Apple making a 3D printer is beyond unlikely. They don’t make printers now. Why would they start? Besides, they focus on making things which don’t require much technical or mechanical support in order to minimize expenses. There isn’t a consumer 3D printer on the market which is completely reliable and trouble-free. They’re all high-maintenance, finicky brats which need to be babysat constantly. That goes against everything Apple believes.