3-D printers have come a long way since the technology initially debuted in the early 1980s.
Like most technologies, today’s 3-D printers have become smaller, cheaper, and more advanced over the past couple of decades.
As 3-D printers have evolved, so have the ways in which we use them.
The concept of using a computer to print everything from the shoes on your feet to tonight’s dinner may sound like science fiction, but affordable 3-D printers have made this a reality.
Platforms such as MakerBot’s Thingiverse, which offers an extensive library of ideas and models for 3-D printing, have helped the technology evolve from a a means of creating bottle openers and trinkets to shaping the way medical equipment and clothing are manufactured.
Here are a few common items that you probably didn’t know were 3-D printable.