socalTech interviews Cathy Lewis, CEO of Desktop Factory. DesktopFactory is building a sub-$5000 3D printer suitable for many businesses and even home use. Their first printer is set to be released later this year. In the article Ms. Lewis sets Desktop Factory's milestone:
Our goal is to bring this down market, to where it's $995 and if you break some equipment in your house, you can literally go to the web, download a drawing, and print a replacement part and not go to Home Depot and search for it.
She also explains that one of the major barriers to producing low cost 3D printers is patents on media material and complexity. We expect high demand for the Desktop Factory device when it comes out.