3D Printing becomes Scale-able
There are lots of cheap Chinese hobby level printers that most of which SMEs should avoid as they need too much effort to make safe and usable. However, the higher end of hobby-level printing is an area where SMEs can leverage lower learning curves and more capable devices. Prusa is one such printer manufacturer and their i3 MK2 and MK3S are used by hobbyists and SMEs alike due to their usability and reliability.
Prusha have recently announced the Prusa MINI which makes the unusual step of evolving existing printers to be less capable rather than more capable than the existing models. The quality of prints is the the same but the maximum print volume has been reduced (from 9.84″ x 8.3″ x 8.3″ for MK3S) to 7″ cubed. This reduces the cost to under $350 allowing companies to create print farms for the first time. Many 3D printed items require multiple parts and it’s quicker and more efficient to create the parts in parallel on multiple inexpensive machines rather than serially on one large expensive machine.