The cost of 3D printers and 3d scanners has come down considerably.
Electronic files which automate the printing process are shareable over the Internet, allowing anyone with the sufficient raw materials to build a part.
The technology behind 3D printing is becoming more advanced, allowing for the manufacture of increasingly durable parts.
While the technology has some alarming components—the manufacture of untraceable weapons, for example—it’s increasingly being looked at as the future source of medical product innovation, and in particular for medical devices like prosthetics. Much of the 3D Printing Literature doesn’t discuss regulations.