But as the innovative new technique grows in popularity, people have begun to realize it has some pretty remarkable capabilities, beyond just recreating Lord of the Rings paraphernalia. Doctors are using it to practice their skills in the operating room, and to make implants for reconstructive surgery. Kids are using it to build prosthetic hands for their friends. Architects are using it to construct entire buildings and combat the world’s housing problems.
You might even say 3D printing is making us all better people.
Here are some of the most heartwarming applications of 3D printing. Get ready to feel stuff.