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Whoa. Check out this fully 3-D printed fly reel

Whoa. Check out this fully 3-D printed fly reel
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If you've been paying attention to the news, then you know that 3-D printing is here to stay. In fact, it's only getting better.

Gadgets and gizmos can be printed in a matter of hours in everything from metal to plastic to chocolate. It's a fantastic alternative to buying expensive replacement parts, not to mention a playground for new inventions. Sportsmen, and women, you're really going to love the newest advance in 3-D technology.

The latest 3-D printed gizmo to catch the public's eye is a custom-made flywheel printed in a polylactic acid, which is a biodegradable, renewable plastic derived from cornstarch. Not only is this flywheel nature-friendly, it's perfect for any nature-lover.

All the parts are made by Michael Hackney's 3-D printer, with the exception of the glue that holds it all together. The reels are available at Hackney's website, EclecticAngler.com.

How does this flimsy-looking reel hold up under pressure? So much better than you'd expect. Take a look at the flywheel's trial by water below!

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