In theory, anything that can be designed in 3-D CAD software can be printed on a 3-D printer. The printers can be used to make concept models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and even finished goods. Fused deposition modeling, or FDM, machines have build volume capacities ranging roughly from 288 cu. in. to 31,000 cu. in. Larger parts can be printed in multiple pieces and bonded together.

Here are just a few examples, both inside and outside of farming:

  • Gears
  • Chains
  • Shock absorbers
  • Hinges
  • Planter meters
  • Combine attachments
  • Jigs
  • Fixtures
  • Gauges
  • Molds
  • Dies
  • Bono’s illuminated mic
  • Shoes
  • Bikes
  • Mounting brackets
  • Switches
  • Guitars
  • Dentures
  • Computer mouse
  • Watches
  • Computer stands
  • ATMs
  • Artificial limbs
  • Valves
  • Fabric
  • Artificial ears
  • Coffee cups