Additive manufacturing, stereolithography, 3-D printing. Whatever you call it, creating three-dimensional solid objects from digital models has arrived.
Printers that once cost $30,000 are now priced closer to $1,000 and have the potential to rewrite the rules of global manufacturing. The 3-D-printing market, estimated at about $1.7 billion in 2011, could hit $6.5 billion by 2019, according to research firm Wohlers Associates.
Lux Research puts the market at $8.4 million in 2025, led by automotive, medical and aerospace applications.
When it comes to the products you can create, 3-D-printed guns may have stolen the headlines recently, but the technology has much more to offer—from day-to-day basics to highly exotic.
CNBC presents some unusual items you'll be able to make in the future, as well as some products that are already available.
—By CNBC.com's Matt Clinch
Posted 2 Aug. 2013