In a satirical article in The Onion, Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook sees a revolution fomenting — in printers. But the fake Cook just might be right. Once used primarily for tasks such as building air duct prototypes for Boeing, 3D printers now can create everything from custom iPhone cases to prosthetic limbs. They might well find a place in the courtroom as physical evidence.

Printers vary in sophistication and cost, from cutting-edge models around $100,000, to Europe’s HP DesignJet 3D Printer ($17,500), to an open source MakerBot Industries’ 3D-printer kit that you can buy for $1,300.

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