After last year's CES, I noted that makers of 3D printers and 3D printing service provders had a small but noteable presence. This year their booths seemed larger and at least when I came by, the crowds around the booth seemed larger and more engaged than last year.
If you haven't looked and your invention involves "things," you might want to have a look at the growing market for 3D printers and related services. Here is a short list of those I looked at @ CES. Look here for a basic view of 3D printing (stereolithography).
Claims to be the leader in 3D printing now that the merger with Objet has been completed. Of particular interest to individuals and small companies is their "on demand" printing services which is described here.
- 3D Systems. #3Dsystems
The original stereolithography company with a diverse product line including Cubify (see below), providers of entry level systems of interest to individuals and small companies who want their own printer.
- Makerbot. #Makerbot
Makerbot has been something of a hot name the past couple of years. Out with their "Replicator 2" line, those looking for an affordable solution should definately have Makerbot on their list.
- Cubify. #Cubify
Lots of people milling around the Cubify booth at this years CES. Another afordable solution.
- Sculpteo. #Scupteo
Provides high quality on demand services. Send them your 3D CAD file and get back the printed piece.