In Pictures: 18 supercool objects made with 3D printers

3D printers are being used to create some amazing things, many of which were on display at last week's Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in San Jose. Here are 18 3D printed items that really stood out.

Inside 3D printing 3D printing offers a method to produce prototypes of objects that can be used to create production products or create objects for production use; one of its greatest advantages is removing the need for sophisticated engineering of parts.

3D printing employs numerous methods and more than 100 materials, but the basic premise is that layers of plastics, paper or metals are laid down on a hard platform or powder base. Computer-aided design (CAD) programs are used to manipulate images in preparation for printing.

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