From the first prototypes for 3D printing to the home models that crafty mompreneurs have begun snapping up, 3D printing has morphed from a “wouldn’t it be cool if” wave of the future to an “I guess that’s kind of neat that you made a cookie cutter in the shape of your kid’s face” kind of technology. But while mall kiosk key chain printers are already a certainty, it’s easy to forget that 3D printing has world-changing applications.

Amphibianskin Casts and Splints

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