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You'll find a lot of different printers at 3D Systems, but they don't all print paper. They are for printing everything from sunglasses, to shoes, to even dresses.

"We believe in responsible use of our printers," Vice President of Product and Channel Management, Buddy Byrum, said. "3D printing has opened up a lot of new applications."

If you can scan it, you can pretty much get a 3D model of anything, from retainer molds to Invisalign. In the future, Byrum said he believes scanning will get more personal.

"You could get a full biological scan and know what your nutritional or pharmaceutical requirements are at any given time," he said.

Almost all of the Formula One race cars use 3D printed parts for testing or during actual races. It's one of the many ways the auto industry is impacted.

"NASCAR is a real down and dirty industry," he said. "Every week they have to go out there and race against competition and just a little advantage can make all the difference in the world."

Through 3D printing, NASCAR engineers are able to see what works.

"What 3D printers have enabled them to do is make more design changes to test iterations," he said. "They spend more time testing their ideas and getting feedback from that."

From the dentist office to the racetrack, there is no toner shortage for 3D printing.
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