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3D Print This: Prosthetic Hands & Couture Dresses

06/11/2014 01:41 pm ET | Updated Aug 11, 2014

The 3D printing revolution is here! In this week's episode of Hardwired 2.0 watch me tour MakerBot Studios and uncover the latest innovations in 3D printing technology.

I couldn't believe all of the products printed using MakerBot's printers--from figurines to robotic hands to shoes! Be sure to check them out in my gallery.

I first met with MakerBot's CEO Bre Pettis to learn all about the process. 3D printing uses fused deposition modeling, which is basically a fancy robotically controlled hot glue gun. The printers feed a PLA filament through the hot tip on the printer to draw the object one layer at a time, which makes these products typically more affordable than traditional manufacturing. I got to learn about the Robohand project, which makes prosthetic hands for only $5!

Next, I met with Francis Bitonti to see how designers are using 3D printing to revolutionize the fashion world. Think custom designer gowns for $400! He recently made a couture 3D printed dress for fashion icon Dita von Teese.

So excited to see what's next in the world of 3D printing. What would you print with a 3D printer? Join the conversation by tweeting me @aoloriginals, @ijustine, #AOLHardwired, @gethardwired!

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