3-D printing getting spotlight at 2014 International CES

When the 2014 International CES heads to Las Vegas next January, 3-D printing will be given its own stage.

Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, the 2014 trade show scheduled Jan. 7-10 will feature a new 3-D Printing TechZone to showcase the latest advancements in 3-D printing technology, a growing category.

The new zone sold out of its original 3,000 net square feet of exhibit space, so the association already has expanded it by more than 25 percent to meet demand. As of now nine exhibitors will be featured, including 3-D Systems, Makerbot Industries, Sculpteo and Stratasys Inc.

The 3-D printing area will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall 3. In all, the 2014 CES will feature 20 market-specific TechZones across 15 product categories.

In the U.S. consumer electronics is a $209 billion industry. The trade association has a membership that’s comprised of more than 2,000 companies.