Artists in the residency program at Autodesk are given access to production-quality equipment in workshops, allowing them space to create at-will. Blake Marvin/Courtesy of Autodesk hide caption

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International Space Station Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore holds up the first object made in space with 3-D printing on Nov. 25. NASA hide caption

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Army researchers will try to find ways to 3-D print nutritious food with less heavy packaging than the current military meals. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption

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Garrett shares a moment with his mother, Natalie Peterson. "He has been doing so good," she says. "He's been smiling." Nicole Haley/University of Michigan Health System hide caption

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H. Jerry Qi, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado University, holds simple models printed using polymers that have "shape memory." The flat piece on the left can reshape itself into a box with the application of heat. Glenn J. Asakawa/University of Colorado hide caption

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This riboflavin-rich material can be used to print intricate, microscopic structures in three dimensions. Courtesy of North Carolina State University hide caption

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Kaiba Gionfriddo, who breathes with help from a splint created by a 3-D printer, plays with his family dog, Bandit, at his Youngstown, Ohio, home. Mark Stahl/AP hide caption

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A screenshot shows how a team would track changes to its rocket project on a Sunglass platform. Sunglass hide caption

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Larry Bonassar shows off an ear that he and his colleagues at Cornell University built out of living cartilage cells with the help of a 3-D printer. Lindsay France/Cornell University Photography hide caption

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A 3-D printed bust of Yoda is one of the more popular digital designs shared on Thingiverse. Courtesy of StruveDesigns.com hide caption

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