NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has become the go-to launch pad for new 3-D printers. So far this year, nearly two dozen creators tested the Kickstarter route to let the public decide which projects were worth funding. The familiar pitch: Affordable and easy to use (or easy to assemble) 3-D printers for consumers. Most were successful.Some, perhaps, too successful. Formlabs raised nearly 30 times its goal and collected $2.9 million from backers last month. It also attracted the attention of established 3-D printer manufacturer 3D Systems ( DDD) in South Carolina, which sued Formlabs and Kickstarter for patent infringement. 3D Systems, known for industrial 3-D printers priced from $10,000 to $1 million, recently expanded into the consumer market with the Cube for $1,299. Will affordable 3-D printers change our world? Will every household one day have its own printer so families can print out shoes, toothbrushes and iPad cases on demand? That's the dream that is far from a reality. But one thing is certain, the evolution of affordable 3-D printers has been kickstarted and we are transitioning to an era where mainstream is a goal. Here's a look at what's happened to some of these affordable printers post-Kickstarter.