With Amazon being the latest company to join the 3D printing movement, the market is heating up and ripe for innovation from young entrepreneurs.
The mega online retailer just launched a 3D printing section for printers and accessories. The store features high-end MakerBot Industries models for nearly $2,500 to low-cost printers like the Hangzhou, China-based Mbot Cube, which retails for about $1,200.
This move positions Amazon to compete against the growing number of companies looking to make a pretty penny in the world of 3D printing. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Makerbot is on the forefront of 3D printing and just announced the opening of its 55,000 square-foot warehouse. Working out of Chile, Thinker Thing is utilizing the Startup Chile accelerator program to develop a machine known as the Monster Dreamer that, in conjunction with a MakerBot printer, will take children's thoughts and create 3D models using brainwave information. And even NASA is looking to make a dent in 3D printing with news it will be sending a machine up in space to produce space food and tools.
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Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right (Wiley). He's based in Vancouver, B.C.