Imagine driving a car with a steering wheel made out of New Zealand flax.
Or sitting in a chair where every surface and curve is designed to accommodate your body's unique form.
Pioneering research at Waikato University is looking at everyday applications of 3D printing using sustainable materials such as hemp and harakeke (flax).
Waikato University Professor of materials, Kim Pickering, and engineering students have also been experimenting with waste material and using it to reinforce plastic filaments that are then fed through a 3D printer.
3D printing is a broad term encapsulating a range of printing techniques.
Pickering and her students' work has focused solely on using fused deposition modeling (FDM).
"There is a vision that every home will one day have a 3D printer," Pickering said.
"I'm not sure if it will go that far but, certainly, the advantage of FDM is it's affordable and you can put the machines together yourself."
Students' research projects have been informed by advice from the Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council on materials they would like diverted from landfill.
Masters student David Stoof received council funding to carry out work incorporating building waste into a 3D printing filament.
"What's also been really important is the feedback we've been getting from the commercial sector about customer demand because obviously it's better to be market pulled rather than market pushed."
One of Pickering's students is in contact with an Indian company that is looking to incorporate sustainable materials into buses.
3D printing holds the dream of creating a world where everyday products are tailored to the specification of individuals.
It also promises to transform the world of commerce.
"If you have a 3D printing machine and the filaments, you can take that on the first Mars trip, or to Antarctica, and create everything you want there, rather than having to take things with you," Pickering said.
"Part of my inspiration is the sustainability side. How many times have you thrown something away because a little bit of it is broken, like a kitchen gadget? In the future you could simply download the file for the particular widget that's stopped your coffee machine working and print it off at home. Companies might be resistant to making their products last longer but consumers could encourage that direction."
Pickering said her students' projects had been invaluable in demonstrating the potential value of natural fibres and waste material in 3D printing.
"It's certainly given us food for thought for future research."
This year 2017 Professor Kim Pickering, of the University of Waikato, was awarded the Scott Medal for her development of composite materials that were more sustainable.