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

3D Print This: Prosthetic Hands & Couture Dresses

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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