This 3D printer uses paper (regular old paper!) instead of filament or resin

This 3D printer uses paper (regular old paper!) instead of filament or resin

The Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo hosted state-of-the-art hardware including printers that dished out candy and objects made of paper

Sugar confectionery can be serious craftwork--amateurs need not apply. But once you witness the culinary genius of a certain 3D printer, you'll question whether we need human candy makers at all.

Among other amazing hardware on display at the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in San Jose, Calif. last week, vendors showed off a printer making detailed sugar confections, an insanely detailed 3D-printed guitar body, and a system that prints 3D objects with common office paper instead of more traditional 3D-printer media like resin or filament. The wonderful thing about paper, it turns out, is that it can absorb other materials, allowing you to imbue your 3D objects with a wide range of physical properties.

3D printing has been around since the 1980s, but now that the technology is entering the consumer space, interest in 3D-printed objects is growing rapidly. Why buy that small plastic visor clip for your car for $20, when your buddy can print it for 40 cents? It's most common for 3D printers to build simple objects with plastic-like materials, but if the convention in San Jose showed us anything, it's that modern printers have a wide range of talents, producing everything from cake decorations to shoes.

The printers are still expensive, though: The Mcor printer that can make large, full-color 3D objects from paper will set you back a cool $47,000. Staples, however, was displaying a smaller, more consumer-friendly 3D printer from Cube for $1,300.

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