Due to 3D printing being a completely new technology, people are uncertain about the modifications that it will have on there shopping experience. Shoppers are waiting for the day that they can print a slice of pizza or a new air filter for there car. Even though we are far from these extravagant expectations, most of the hype is going towards the jewelry industry. Shoppers will be able to design there own jewelry or choose from pre-made designs and jewelers will be able to offer more pocket friendly variations of there expensive merchandise.
Buyers will have the freedom to draw up there own jewelry design for a custom piece. This will allow an individuals creativity to be taken to great heights, although this will cost consumers a pretty penny. This is growing among jewelers including one from New York using a Solidscape T76 3D printer to make clients dreams come true. Gift giving will be revolutionized because of this discovery.
This brings us to our next question, the printing of precious gems. Shoppers demand natural, high quality stones and would not settle for a printed copy. Maybe in the future that can change, but as of now, the main attraction would be creating the actual piece and add the precious metals and gems after.