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There have definitely been many developments in the print industry in recent years, including the drop in costs, and the technology used, but where is it all going? Technology is clearly where future changes to the print industry will occur. An example is that many machines now use touch-screen panels for their user interface, instead of buttons. This technology will become more commonly used until buttons are no longer used at all, aiding a more fluid and user-friendly printing process.
Mobile printing is also on the rise. More people than ever before need the ability to print from anywhere, and with an ever-increasing number of devices entering the consumer market. The ability to print from these devices is also imperative. Therefore, future connectivity and networking abilities will be more widely used and available across every manufacturer’s product fleet. Within mobile printing technology is the ability to scan to ‘the cloud.’ Cloud technology is becoming increasingly popular because it eliminates the need to buy expensive servers or other computer hardware.
3D printing is believed to be the next frontier in the print industry, speculating that 3D printing signals the start of a third industrial revolution – succeeding the ‘production line’ assembly that largely dominated manufacturing in the late 19th century. It is already possible to 3D print in many materials, including plastics, metals, and even chocolate! But as this technology becomes more advanced and cheaper, it will become a staple of many industries, including print.