Watch the video above to see a system that prints 3D objects with common office paper instead of more traditional 3D-printer media like resin or filament. The wonderful thing about paper, it turns out, is that it can absorb other materials, allowing you to imbue your 3D objects with a wide range of physical properties.

Paper-based printers are still expensive, though: The Mcor printer that can make large, full-colour 3D objects from paper (like the heads below) will set you back a cool $47,000 (around £29,400).