According to Quartz, we?re getting closer and closer to a future where you can essentially print anything with a 3D printer. That said, it has yet to live up to a lot of its potential promise.
Like anything, 3D printing has had to rely on the innovation of those using it. While it can sometimes be used for amazing purposes, creating 3D replacement limbs and even organs in experimental designs, 3D printers have also been used for rather mundane purposes as well — creating vases and footwear.
3D Shaping of the Future
How will 3D printing shape the future? Quartz suggests that many manufactured goods will begin to look more organic — because 3D printing allows a wider variety of connections and fusing, there will be less reliance on, say, screwing two pieces of material together