In Pictures: 18 supercool objects made with 3D printers

3D printers are being used to create some amazing things, many of which were on display at last week's Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in San Jose. Here are 18 3D printed items that really stood out.

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3D printed chain and sproket This chain and sprockets were not printed separately. Typically, 3D printed objects with moveable parts will include small support structures (pillars of polymer or metal) that hold movable objects in place during the printing process. Once printing is completed, those support structures can then be cut or blasted away with a water jet. Often, objects are also hand-sanded to provide a smoother surface.

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