Looking at the scale of the items above -- milk crates, chair backs and even detailed building models -- one might assume they were printed out in sections and assembled. Not so. They were all printed as-is on a large-scale industrial printer from Edina, Minn.-based manufacturer Stratasys. No further assembly was needed after the print jobs were complete.
The objects were designed using the Mastercam computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software from Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Cimquest. Most CAD/CAM software on the market today is compatible with 3-D printers, but the design complexity provided varies from package to package.