A group of researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany launched 'Grafter' as a unique software system for the creation of 3D-printed machines.
While a number of 3D-printed machines may be made with the right know-how, Grafter is a tool that may be used for mixing and matching the individual mechanisms between different objects. Since the actual process of additive manufacturing is one that takes a considerable amount of time, this technology helps to make the most of a single printed object.
Grafter helps designers simplify the act of combining multiple 3D-printed machines to form fully functional, unified systems. On Thingverse, various models by different creators were remixed into an entirely new creation, showing off the immense potential for this idea to be used for a variety of 3D-printed projects.