They have printed everything from guns to shoes. Now, 3D printers are helping to make replica body parts.
Medical staff at a university in Australia are pioneering the technique, which they think could change the way doctors are taught.
Normally, students training in medicine use models or cadaver body parts to learn.
But 3D printed replicas could offer much more detailed and precise copies of human body parts. The development is a potential boon for communities where using cadavers is a cultural taboo.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Melbourne, Australia.