3D printing is capable of creating a multitude of objects, components and specialized products, ushering in the belief that the technology is similar to 2D printing. According to techcrunch, many believe that 3D printing can be likened to 2D printing, especially as affordable, easy-to-use options come on the market.
The news source reported that this is not an apt analogy, as consumer 2D printing simply gave individuals the ability to print on paper. Because 3D printing allows users to print objects, it could revolutionize the world of manufacturing. According to techcrunch, the two technologies are not analogous. Although paper is a medium for distributing information, it doesn't have the same utility as objects. The news source reported that although the technologies have similar names, they will have very different impacts.
Despite differences, both technologies went from niche interests to printers available to a wide constituency. Today a consumer can buy a basic 2D printer for less than $100. Developers are constantly creating new 3D printers that are affordable and user-friendly.
According to GCN, there's been a lot of buzz about 3D printing, but this doesn't mean 2D printing should be ignored. 2D printers are needed in businesses, schools and other organizations to distribute information, even in a world where email, computer technology and mobile devices are popular. The news source reported that a number of 2D printers are on the market with new, advanced features.
Techcrunch reported that writers and analysts should stop comparing the two technologies. Both have uses and are relevant and useful to consumers, but they are not the same technology with parallel trajectories.