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Businesses Encouraged To Explore New Printer Technology

New research has suggested businesses should explore new printer technology, such as 3D printers.

Technology research company Gartner published its How 3D Printing Disrupts Business and Creates New Opportunities report and urged companies to be early adopters of the hardware.

New opportunities will arise as more firms use 3D printing and the technology becomes available at lower prices.

Gartner predicted machines will be available for less than $2,000 (£1,320) by 2016.

Research director Peter Basiliere commented: "3D printing is a technology accelerating to mainstream adoption. It is a technology of great interest to the general media, with demonstrations on science shows, on gadget websites and in other areas.

"From descriptions of exciting current uses in medical, manufacturing and other industries to futuristic ideas — such as using 3D printers on asteroids and the moon to create parts for spacecraft and lunar bases — the hype leads many people to think the technology is some years away when it is available now and is affordable to most enterprises."

For those looking for more mainstream technology, PC Mag criticised the speed of the HP Envy 120 printer, while the HP LaserJet Pro 200 M251nw has won three stars from PC Advisor.

Posted by Jamie Foster.

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