At first glance there may not be much crossover between wide format and 3D printing. But there is some synergy in the different technologies, and several vendors that we normally associate with wide format have exploited this. More importantly, the kind of people that run wide format printshops tend to be highly entrepreneurial and open to new business opportunities.
There are a number of different ways that 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, as it’s more properly called, can be used. The technology was originally used to produce prototypes, including those with different degrees of functionality. But it’s also used to make moulds and tooling and increasingly for producing short run parts.