I only have 3D printer for about a month and people asked me that question
multiple times already.. It's the question every early adopter gets. (is it
really that "early"?) Back in the old days of feature phones, people were
wondering why I got Symbian phone that was quite a bit more expensive than
regular Nokia brick. That was years before iPhones were a thing, so the answer
wasn't as obvious to non-techie people out there as it might be today. (and
remember, when it was released, even iPhone wasn't all that smart, no app
store, no multitasking, no Bluetooth even) Back then the simple (and real)
"Because it's cool!"
And that's really the reason why I got my 3D printer. However I feel like the
real answer is different. I no longer feel that the 3D printers are cool for the
same reason the pseudo-smart mobile phones with proprietary OS were cool. And to
explain that feeling, I have to go few years back.