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3D printers generate on-demand objects using lasers and “inks” made of plastic, ceramic or metal.

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3D Printing

3D printers rely on lasers and a host of materials to build objects layer by layer.

Controlled by design software, these fabrication foundries transform digital ideas into physical objects for multiple industries. Reductions in price and size have moved the technology from factory floor to desktop. (Photo: shutterstock.com/Alexander Kirch)

(Courtesy of shutterstock.com/Alexander Kirch)