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The sky's the limit for 3D-printed goodies at CES 2016 (pictures)

If you think 3D printers are for making "useless toys," you're wrong. At CES 2016, 3D printing proved to be quite a handy technology to make objects that you can really use. Most importantly, it can be used to make stuff that you can't find ready-made at the store.

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Bike Helmet

This life-size bike helmet can protect cyclist against minor accidents.

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Shoe parts

Need to feel more comfortable inside your shoes? You can make yourself a perfect-fitting insole.

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Flipper

Using flexible material, you can even make yourself perfect-fitting swimming fins, too.

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Hair dryer accessories

Or you can custom-make accessories for your gadgets -- like say, for your hair dryer.

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Cadaver

You can't really use these body parts as replacements, but they will come in handy if you need to study anatomy.

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Jewelry

3D printing is an excellent tool for making jewelry, helping you to be creative while saving a lot of time.

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Eyeglass frames

These 3D-printed eyeglass frames can actually be used in real life.

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Prosthetic arm

This unique prosthetic bionic arm can't be bought at the store.

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Saddle bags

You can 3D print quite large objects, such as accessories for your ride.

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Iron Man helmet

Or this Iron Man helmet.

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Portraits

And you can make small objects, too, of course, like action figures of yourself, or your loved ones.

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3D objects

Basically, with a 3D printer, your imagination is your limit. With a variety of materials, objects you make are not only unique but can also be useful in real-life.

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