The Next Step in 3D Printing: Printing Yourself

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credit: Tony Buser

Recent years have brought major advancements in 3D printing technology. As investors and industry giants like Epson, Objet, and HP continue to pour money into R&D, it seems exciting innovations are made almost daily. Already 3D printers are capable of producing spare parts for soldiers on the battlefield, sophisticated aeronautical mechanisms, advanced prosthetics, and even cardiac patches. They can manufacture objects in a wide range of materials and allow engineers to explore design possibilities that are impossible by traditional means. But not all the applications for 3D printing technology are ultra high-tech. It is also being used for a wide variety of whimsical purposes, one of which puts a whole new spin on the traditional photobooth.

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