Using this additive process, designers have figured out ways to apply the technology to clothing and jewelry design, industrial design, medical and dental devices, and much more. You can see many applications, from simple to advanced, and from frivolous to useful, on the site Thingiverse.
In a recent article in CNet, we learned that Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars is hoping to soon produce the Landscape House (below). The 3D printer will process sand and a binding agent into 20’x30′ building blocks.
If you want to learn more about 3D printing, you might watch this 15 minute Ted Talk video primer.