Wherever seams would reduce stability and the weight should be as low as possible, 3D printing is now being used possible. But the new process also has some surprising applications, such as food printing. Could this also be interesting for users in private households?
A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Reichelt Elektronik shows that 3D printing technology is increasingly finding its way into the private sector. In Germany, 14 percent already own a 3D printer. Admittedly, this is not much yet, but a full 51 percent say they would buy a 3D printer.
Most private individuals want to use a 3D printer in the home to print decorative items such as vases (62 percent), repair equipment and replace small parts (59 percent), or manufacture technical components for hobby use (58 percent).
Older People Want to Repair, Younger People Want to Create
An interesting difference can be seen when comparing the age groups. For participants aged 55 and over, the ability to repair equipment is the main reason for buying a 3D printer (66 percent). The situation is different for the younger target group between 18 and 24 years of age: The aspect of repairing plays a somewhat smaller role here (52 percent), while the possibility of designing new items such as decorative items seems at least as attractive for this age group (56 percent).
Both the raw material required and the printer are rather expensive. Therefore there is the possibility of commissioning service providers with the printing of 3D designs. After all, 58 percent of those surveyed in Germany can well imagine buying such products. However, so far only nine percent of those surveyed have ordered 3D printing - less than those who own a 3D printer themselves.
Most consumers know that 3D printers are very expensive to buy. The majority of respondents (35 percent) would consider a device in the price segment between 500 and 1,000 euros.
Food from the 3D Printer
3D printing technology can be used to produce more than just plastic or metal parts. The process has even made its way into the kitchen. Figures and lettering can be printed from chocolate, marzipan, or even hearty vegetable puree. Currently, 35 percent of Germans assume that 3D printing will not become established in the food sector. But that could change quickly. After all, 36 percent of those surveyed who can imagine buying a 3D printer or already own one would also imagine using one for cooking and baking.