Three-dimensional printing is changing the way several businesses conduct business, but it is not without at least one drawback. Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) is using this approach to help produce Barbie dolls and other toys, and while the company has no plans to put print capabilities in consumers' hands anytime soon, this could be an option someday. General Electric (NYSE:GE) is using the technology to more precisely design various products, and Ford (NYSE:F) is using 3-D printing to cut production time of the creation of prototypes.

In the following video, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses 3-D printing, its impact on business, and one scary use that you might want to hear about.

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