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The coolest 3-D printing breakthroughs of 2014

The coolest 3-D printing breakthroughs of 2014
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If you've followed my site for any length of time, you know how excited I am for the future of 3-D printing. This technology is going to change everything, and soon we'll all have 3-D printers in our homes.

2014 had some major advances in the realm of 3-D printing. In fact, it's hard to believe that we've come this far in just one year. There's everything from the presidential to the everyday, from practical to extraordinary.

That's why I've made a list of the top advances made in 3-D printing in 2014. You'll be amazed at how far this technology has come!

The top of the list is definitely the advances of 3-D technology in the realm of health. There were so many amazing advances that changed people's lives for the better.

I think my top two favorites are the 3-D printed prosthetics, one for a little boy who was born with a congenital defect in his hand and one for a dog that was born with deformed legs. These stories really warm your heart, so have a box of tissues handy!

These 3-D printers have really improved health technology by leaps and bounds. Just ask the man that prefers his $50 3-D printed hand to his $42,000 prosthetic. You really have to see it for yourself.

Did I mention that companies also have the ability to 3-D print just about anything in the human body? Earlier this year, scientists had an amazing breakthrough where they were not only able to 3-D print human organs, but they could also print blood vessels from living cells. How incredible is that?!

Don't think that I haven't forgotten about the everyday advances. This year the White House held a contest for new ornament designs that 3-D artists could design for the holiday season. And let's not forget the Chinese company that took the technology to the extreme and 3-D printed 10 houses - yes, HOUSES - in 24 hours. 

Let's not forget the advances that were made in the culinary world. Barilla - the leading pasta brand in the world - held a contest for 3-D designers to create a new style of pasta. The results will blow your mind! They look delicious and beautiful.

And last but not least, one company created a new way for blind people to experience the world by creating 3-D memories. Photos and images were scanned by a computer and the image was translated into a holdable, touchable form by a 3-D printer.

Did I miss your favorite 3-D printed marvel of 2014? Let me know in the comments below. I'm really looking forward to what 2015 will bring to the world of 3-D printing!

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