Thinking of future technology, electronic display screens will not replace wide-format print for decades to come due to infrastructure and business model reasons. The cost of the flat panel displays is irrelevant; it is already ultra low. It is the infrastructure cost around the electronic screens that makes paper a far easier and less costly alternative for now.
Watch for wide-format printers to trespass upon what we might call “industrial” print applications—really any inkjet technology application that is non-document printing. This includes textile printing, packaging printing, laminate printing—notice the common decorative theme—and many smaller, fragmented applications. 3D printing is one of those applications, although it should be noted that the press mistakenly refers to all rapid prototype modelling.
The bottom line is that the future for inkjet technology and wide-format graphics printing remains bright. Arguably, it is the last significant print technology that is still growing now that analog print technologies have crested and are on the downward side of their technology life cycle.
Long live inkjet!