A growing number of people may need printer supplies for 3D machines in the coming years if the innovation enters the mainstream consumer market.

Although the basics of the technology have been around since the mid-80s, recent developments have greatly simplified the procedure and brought the price down to within the reach of home users, the Guardian stated.

The newspaper suggested this could lead to a situation where replacements for household objects can be printed at home, which would mean people do not have to replace items that are slightly damaged.

Bre Pettis, founder of MakerBot, was quoted by the publication as explaining how his firm's latest 3D product "has 90 per cent of the functionality of professional printers, but at one per cent of the price".

"We make 3D printers to offer an alternative to consumerism," Pettis continued, noting they allow individuals to create their own products instead of relying on store-bought items.

Recently, Mr Pettis also explained to Forbes magazine how 3D printing technology can be used in classrooms to assist in the learning process, by engaging students and stimulating their creativity.