You can get a computer for about the same price as a piece to a room, but if you’re a home builder, you’ll want a new one.
A piece of wooden flooring costs $1,000 and a new home computer for the same money will cost you $4,000.
How much more is that when you factor in labor, materials, and other costs?
And that’s where the computer industry has become more expensive over the years.
“The computer industry is so competitive that it is the reason we have such a huge demand for new computers,” said Craig Wright, an analyst at Cowen & Co. The latest estimates put the annual cost of buying a new desktop computer at about $1.2 million, according to Cowen.
That’s up from about $750,000 just a decade ago.
Even more expensive, a computer built today would be less than $1 million if you include labor, the materials, the computer’s power supply, and warranty, said Greg Cook, a senior analyst at Gartner Inc. The big reason: the costs of making computer components have gotten cheaper.
The main reason that computer components are now cheaper is that companies have come up with a whole host of new manufacturing technologies to make them cheaper, and they’re becoming more common.
“When the technology first came out, a lot of people thought it would just be a matter of time before they made their own components,” Cook said.
“But there’s been a tremendous increase in the use of 3-D printing, which is basically the process of turning a mold of the parts into something that’s 3-dimensional,” Cook explained.
“That’s made the process much more cost-effective.”
Some companies are also turning to 3-d printing in their own homes, and the process is often cheaper than it used to be.
But there’s also a big difference between 3–d printers and computer components.
For one, the 3-sizing process uses many more components, and a computer component doesn’t have to be 3-by-3-inches.
Also, it’s easier to 3 the parts together than to build a 3-piece assembly.
“Now, when you go to a computer and you have a computer with an Intel Core i7, you’re going to need at least three computer components to build it,” Cook added.
The problem is that a lot more computer parts are being made with 3-spatial printing.
The printing process involves using a laser and a laser cutter, which are used to cut the part and then create a 3D model of the part.
That makes it much easier to use 3-and-1 printing instead of 3D printing.
In addition, the process has the advantage of allowing smaller parts to be printed.
This is why some companies are using 3-space printing instead.
“3-spacial printing has been really cheap, and it’s also very flexible,” Cook noted.
In fact, it could be the future of computer manufacturing.
“If you can do 3-printer technology, 3- and 1 printing is really a no-brainer,” Cook continued.
The other way that computer makers are increasing their costs is by creating specialized manufacturing processes for different kinds of parts.
The way that you can make a computer part is going to change drastically in the future, Cook said, because the cost of the components will change.
“You can make it for your own home, or you can go and make it at your local electronics or electronics manufacturing plant,” Cook stressed.
And even if you can’t make it, a few manufacturers are using the 3D printers to create parts for other products, including new products like robots.
“Robots are going to be big in the coming years,” Cook predicted.
“They’re going be really cheap to build, and then they’re going.
They’re going in new industries and new industries will want to build them.”
You can read more about the manufacturing process and its impact on the cost and value of a computer here.