12 stunning things created by 3-D printers

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3-D guitar

3-D printing is allowing people to produce objects that seem to be limited only by what they can imagine: guitars, jawbone implants, bionic ears and more. See gallery

A collection of working and customizable 3-D-printed guitars by artist and designer Olaf Diegel are available for purchase on Cubify.com. The guitar body was printed by 3D Systems.

Related: 3-D store in Chicago brings the sci-fi to you

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3-D baby

Brazilian design company Tecnologia Humana 3D has created ultrasound models of babies in utero, which blind expectant parents can "see" by touching.

Read more: Blind expectant parents cry with joy seeing their baby in utero 
 

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'The Liberator'

What is believed to be the first 3-D printed gun was created by Defense Distributed, a group headed by 25-year-old University of Texas law student Cody Wilson. Nicknamed "The Liberator," the gun was printed on a Stratasys Dimension SST model 3-D printer, bought second-hand off eBay.

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Printed gun fires

Defense Distributed filmed a video of the successful firing of "The Liberator," plans for which were posted online and downloaded more than 100,000 times before the U.S. State Department reportedly had them taken down

More: 3-D-printed guns could be outlawed in California

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Printed jawbone implant

Last year, a Belgian manufacturer created a synthetic jawbone from a 3-D printer that surgeons implanted in an 83-year-old woman, allowing her to speak and swallow just a day after the operation.

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Bionic ear

Princeton researchers created a prototype of a working artificial ear out of 3-D printed cells.

Related: Human 'tissue' built by 3-D printer
 

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Tilt-shift camera lens

A tilt-shift camera lens, used to alter the plane of focus in an image, was created on a 3-D printer by photographer Joe Murphy.

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Camera lens

This camera lens was made with acrylic. Photographers have also used 3-D printers for making lens caps and tripods.

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Ancient statues and mummies

A Computer Numerical Control carving machine cut out a 3-D digital representation of this ancient lion statue from a block of foam.
 

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3-D printing brings drawings to life

Designer Bernat Cuni founded Crayon Creatures, which makes 3-D figurines based on children’s drawings.

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3-D fashion statement

The fashion company Ecouterre can create 3-D textiles to make tailored clothes that fit snugly to the body.

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3-D LP record

Amanda Ghassaei created the LP pictured here, which plays New Order’s "Blue Monday." She has also printed records for songs by Nirvana, the Pixies, Radiohead and Daft Punk.

Related: 3-D store in Chicago brings the sci-fi to you