One of the most promising uses of 3D printing is to create human tissues and organs.
Supporters of the technology believe that one day, we can bypass the long donation process and plant portable organs in the laboratory.
Looks like a victory.
Win for everyone, but Gartner thinks someone will spoil the fun sooner or later.
In a new report released today, Gartner predicts that bio-printing will mature by 2015, which will increase the demand for printed organs.
In the coming year, it expects that the practice of 3D printing
organs will trigger ethical debates, as it does around stem cell research.
Pete barreyer, research director at Gartner, said: \"The development of 3D bio-printing facilities capable of printing human organs and tissues will far exceed the universal understanding and acceptance of the impact of this technology.
\"These initiatives are good --
But there are still some questions that have not been answered.
What happens when complex \"enhanced\" organs involving non-human cells are manufactured?
Who controls the ability to produce them?
Who guarantees the quality of the resulting organs?
\"While there may be debate around this practice, Gartner expects demand to surge once technology matures.
The company believes emerging markets will be particularly interested in 3D printing organs as it provides costs
It is an effective alternative to traditional organ transplant.
In addition to organs, 3D printing will continue to challenge the status quo of retail and manufacturing, Gartner predicts.
It is predicted that 7 of the world\'s top 10 multi-channel retailers will use 3D printers to complete custom orders.
The company also expects that the business based entirely on 3D printers will become more common in the next few years.
\"Some retailers have sold 3D printers to consumers and as they become more accessible, consumers can use them to\" make \"their own customizations --
Miriam Burt, vice president of research at Gartner, said: \"Products designed.
\"We also want to see the emergence of the 3D copy service and the 3D Printing Bureau, where customers bring 3D models to retailers or suppliers and are getting higher and higher --
Final parts and designs for printing, not just plastic, but also materials such as ceramics, stainless steel, cobalt and titanium alloy.
\"Of course, without a claim by IP hawks that the technology would result in a loss related to intellectual property theft of at least $100 billion a year, we cannot discuss 3D printing.
\"The factors that promote innovation --
Crowdsourcing, R & D pool and start-up fundsups —
Coupled with a shorter product life cycle, it provides fertile ground for theft of intellectual property using 3D printers, \"he said. Basiliere.
\"There are many items that can now be printed in 3D, including toys, machine and car parts, and even weapons.
While 3D printers can indeed replicate a wide variety of things, it is hard to believe that this technology will suddenly become a hotbed of IP theft.
The only way this can happen is if world manufacturers ignore 3D printing and instead adopt outdated manufacturing techniques.
In particular, toy manufacturers will benefit from using 3D printers as soon as possible to prevent others from using this technology to make cheap, accurate imitation products.
Nevertheless, it is easy to agree with Gartner\'s conclusion that some counterfeits may eventually become dangerous due to a lack of quality assurance.
In a world where guns can now be printed in 3D, one may end up buying defective, potentially dangerous weapons from underground suppliers.