But Autodesk (ADSK) has sidestepped the brutal selloff, mostly because its 3D printing business isn't the only source of revenue for the company. However, Autodesk does have exposure to the industry and according to Carl Bass, CEO and president of Autodesk, that exposure is about to increase. (See Bass' interview with TheStreet here)
Currently, Autodesk's 3D printing software is the most popular design platform in the world. At least, for the industry. And while Bass wants the company's software to remain popular, he also acknowledged the company has its own 3D printer coming to the market.
To the surprise of many, 3D printing has actually been around for a couple decades, Bass said. But now, it's hitting an inflection point, in terms of both price and capability. 3D printers can handle different material, such as plastic, rubber and even metal, which are used for printing objects like food and medical products.
The industry is even taking on the science-fiction task of printing organs, a fantasy that could become reality within five to ten years. Of course, this task has only been undertaken in clinical settings and has a long way to go, but it demonstrates how much 3D printing is advancing.