But there are still a few things that need to happen before the 3D printing service bureau model can take off.
Two of the biggest issues are the printing process is still too expensive and too slow for it to widely appeal to consumers, said Jamais Cascio, a futurist and senior fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
"Right now it's cheaper to go Wal-Mart and buy a set of cups and plates than having them printed out," he said.
But if costs associated with the production and shipping of material goods goes up, then the ability to print off locally becomes much more attractive," Cascio added.
The speed of printers will also continue to improve, although it will still be awhile before the process for large items only takes minutes.
"We are going to be at a point in 25 years where the speed is greatly enhanced, so you will go to the UPS store and you submit the design and come back in an hour. It's reality crafters, get your physical objects in about an hour," he said.
Another big barrier for 3D printing adoption is the complexity of 3D design tools, said Anthony Moshella, vice president of product at MakerBot, which is a subsidiary of Stratasys.
CAD software, which is the software used to design 3D objects, is very complex making it difficult for most consumers to use. However, as more software companies simplify the design tools more consumers will have access to create objects the same way they can create their own videos now, Moshella said.
"YouTube democratized the creation of videos, if the economy of 3D printing grow correctly, people will be able to show their ideas and those ideas can be objects," Moshella said. "We are in the infancy of this industry so in the next five to 10 years you are going to see a vast improvement in print quality, a dramatic improvement in print speed and an incredible library of new materials."
—By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.