These 3D Printed Objects Will Amaze You or You Have No Soul
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If you haven't heard much about 3D printing, that'll soon change. The $1.3 billion industry is expected to become a $5.2 billion one by 2020. It's been mentioned in everything from the gun control debate to Paris Fashion Week (3D dresses pictured above). There's even a movement of building houses with the technology!
I'm not going to spend a long time explaining it, but here's the gist: A 3D object is designed using software such as CAD. The design is sent to a printer that can handle a variety of materials (things like plastics, rubber, ceramics, etc.), and the machine prints it through a layering process using the selected materials. (This infographic explains it pretty perfectly.)
It's still an expensive hobby, but more and more it's becoming mainstream. Several 3D printing online communities and marketplaces, like Shapeways and Thingiverse have popped up. I scanned these two sites to find some of the coolest 3D items out there. Just keep in mind, these things we're printed! No parts, tools, assembly lines, etc. required.
If you're like, "Yeah, so what?," we can't be friends.