When I hear “3D printing,” my mind always jumps to TechHive’s 3D printing lab, where we’re constantly cranking out toys, gadget accessories, and spare parts for other equipment—all using either PLA or ABS plastic filament. But industrial 3D printers can create objects out of all sorts of materials, including steel, other metals, nylon, sugar, paper, and even stem cells. (Stem cells!)
3D printing has yielded groundbreaking medical developments, awe-inspiring art pieces, futuristic automobiles, and more—much more than the plastic trinkets that people usually associate with this technology. Here, we’ll highlight an array of 3D-printed innovations that are sure to surprise you. Did that really come from a 3D printer?