BigGoofyGuy January 7, 2014 10:54 AM If this trend keeps up, I think it won't be long where the 3-D printer will cost about the same as a desktop laser printer. usugo January 7, 2014 02:36 PM Too bad that as for the other 3d system printers you will find yourself to pay 3-5 times more (150$/Kg!) for the material as it uses a proprietary spool. It is the cheap printer, hugely expensive consumable all over again! kvic January 7, 2014 03:58 PM But can it print a document. Will the cartridge be half full new and last a few pages to find that the cartridge cost more than the printer? The Skud January 7, 2014 10:21 PM The cost of consumables will alwaysbe a stumbling block until one of these manufacturers comes up with an integrated or stand-alone accessory shredder/melter and moulder device that can reuse suitable recyclable plastic stock (drink water bottles?) into filament spools at a dearer upfront purchase cost, but then much cheaper system. The Skud January 7, 2014 10:23 PM Added comment - Perhaps that university guy could adapt his "shredded plastic into fuel" device to get the base stock for 3D spools? Circular thinking! MarkmBha January 8, 2014 11:03 AM I cannot see a long-term future for 3D printing. kvic January 8, 2014 01:36 PM Manufactures will always make wild claims about consumables and products costing while using planned obsolescence. This is the latest strategy by use by Manufactures for, to hell with saving the planet for big bucks. ErinTarn January 9, 2014 05:06 AM I'd like to point out to everyone that printers have been selling for $200 - $300 and the prices are rising based on demand/exposure. Classic price bloat and in the end, consumers lose. Build your own and print parts for other people to build them too. The 3D printer movement was intended to be open source but has now gone profit. Eric Brackenbury January 10, 2014 12:25 PM If it does not run in Linux its not worth discussing, these guys went to the "lets mess up the planet Business school" I think. The world is paved with the best of intentions until it comes to money. sleat January 15, 2014 10:02 PM The consumables for a multi-axis CNC milling station will always cost less than 3D printing, I'm afraid. And, even using billets of aluminium, which are fairly cheap, the result is tough, tough, tough. You could plop the part right into your bicycle and ride it. Unlike anything that comes from a 3D printer, oh, except for maybe a headlight case or bottle bracket.