Originally posted on MAKE:

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3D Systems’ Ari Reichental.

Engadget Expand, a two-day event of presentations, consumer electronics, and innovation, kicked off today at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The first panel discussion was “3D Printing Goes Mainstream” and it featured Ari Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems; Hod Lipson, associate professor of engineering at Cornell University; and Max Lobovsky, president and CEO of Formlabs.

In truth, the panel discussion would have been better called “3D Printing Will go Mainstream When…” Because as all the panelists agreed, while 3D printing is big and getting bigger we’re still in the early adopter stage and seamless consumer interface has not yet been achieved. That’s the killer app, they agreed.

“I don’t think we’re quite there yet,” said Hod, who oversaw Cornell’s Fab@Home project.

He said the consumer computer revolution arrived when the interface became so easy users forgot it was even there and they…

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