2015 has been quite a year. Personally, I’ve loved it; I got married, bought a house, hit a milestone birthday, and became editor-in-chief of this great site. I’m almost sad to see 2015 winding down (only a few hours left!) but I’m hopeful that the momentum that this year has provided will propel 2016 right into a hot start. (Maybe literally, if El Niño continues to have much say…)
The year has certainly seen a lot of really intense news in the 3D printing world, which has proven to be more dynamic than ever. While a decent amount of the news on the corporate end hasn’t been great among some of the big names in the business, between two rounds of layoffs at MakerBot and the surprise exit of 3D Systems’ Avi Reichental amid worrisome rumors at that company, we’ve also seen some incredible steps forward in business — including the impending entry of HP into the 3D printing space — and innovation, along with a whole bunch of downright cool creations.
And so, in that fit of year-end nostalgia that strikes the best of us, here’s a rundown of, in no particular order, 15 stories from ’15 that really caught my attention. This is clearly not an inclusive list of the best of the best of the best stories we saw this year — simply put, far too much happened! Still, below is a look at some standouts from this past year in 3D printing, featuring advances in health, science…and cosplay.
Presented without additional commentary, these stories simply represent some milestones in the year in 3D printing for 2015.
If I had to make this list again, I’m sure I’d choose a different set of stories — with other advances in healthcare (bioprinted blood vessels!), cases in international regulation (does Australia’s gun file ban really have a leg to stand on?) and domestic intellectual property, concerns about health in 3D printing activity, the ongoing “Space Boom” as 3D printing proves its worth outside Earth’s atmosphere, everything that happened at Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara, and more advances in 4D printing technology and 3D printing materials than you could shake a stick at, goodness knows there’s more than enough to choose from — but this certainly has been a nostalgic walk down memory lane. (And yes, I know I’m cheating the 15 stories thing by linking to more here.)
Filled with bumps and hurdles as it was, 2015 hasn’t been smooth sailing (and we’re certainly still a long way off from any thought of “a 3D printer in every home”). Still, advances made show just what the technologies involved are becoming capable of. From preserving the past to building up the present and propelling us toward the future, 3D printing technology has had one dickens of a year. I know I’m excited to see just what 2016 will hold in store.
Happy Near Year, from our team here at 3DPrint.com!