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.

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3D printed artery The biomedicine and medical device industries are two of the fastest-growing markets for 3D printing. Stratasys 3D printers created the arterial model shown here. Something similar to this artery would serve as a surgical guide, used by physicians as a diagram or practice part prior to a patient's surgery. While this model can’t be implanted in a patient because the body would reject the polymers, biomedical companies are beginning to use 3D printing to create body parts.

For example, bioprinting uses patients’ cells to create replacement arteries and veins. 3D printing is also being used in the development of synthetic genomics, which combines the chemical synthesis of DNA with coding software. The technique holds promise for creating vaccines and other pharmaceutical products.

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