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Why 3D Printing is More Than a Cool Fad

You may already know how awesome 3D printing is, so forgive me if this post is a kind of "No duh" for you. My inner old lady comes out when I hear the word "3D" -- the Nintendo 3DS gives me a headache as do 3D movies. Not a fan. Of course, as you may already know, 3D printing is not really like those things at all. 3D printing makes your dreams come to LIFE!

Okay, maybe that's a slight overstatement, but not really. You want to make a spider guitar? You can. How about a pizza? Yes. Did you have a dream last night of Abraham Lincoln riding off into the sunset on a unicorn? You can probably make that, but I couldn't find an image of it on the internet. Need a liver or kidney? Pretty soon, doctors will be able to print one up for you.

Here's how 3Dprinting.com describes the process:
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

Here's my description: its magical science! It's getting to the point where if you think up something in your mind, it can be created using a constantly improving 3D-printing machine. While this technology improves, it also becomes more affordable to a wider group of people, leading to new discoveries and more opportunities for creative ingenuity. From sculptural art pieces to prosthetic limbs, there are a myriad of awesome ways to use 3D printing. Here are a few of the wonderful, weird, and off-the-wall creations made by 3D printers.

Helping a pup with no front paws to run:

Making your own meme statue, like Success Kid:

Developing a brand new shape of pasta (because pasta is delicious):

Keeping your roommates from stealing your beer with a Beer Lock:

Getting your face printed on your very own Ghostbusters statue:

Making your own RPG board game:

Whip up some geometric candies:

Mini bike planters for your fixed gear:

Creating a statue of a child's drawing:

Wearing 3D printed shoes with an iPhone holder: