This is an interesting interview with Gonzalo Martinez, Director of Strategic Research in the office of the CTO at Autodesk.
The significance of Autodesk is the fact that they are currently the largest company in the United States, and perhaps even the world that is producing a 3D printer. Earlier this year the company, known for their C A D software, unveiled details on their upcoming SLA 3D printer, aimed towards consumers and small businesses. Why this matters, is that overnight the large 3D printing companies, suddenly found themselves competing with an enormous company (in some cases, more than twice as large as them). This will do two things in helping to spur on R&D into the space.