In the short story Elsewhen one of the books in the Assignment in Eternity collection, there is the mention of a machine that creates physical artefacts from models.
Today such a device exists with the presence of 3D Printers. The applications of 3D Printing cover the gamut from food to fashion.
This great article covers the applications of 3D Printing in medicine.
If you are wondering about the possibilities of 3D Printing and how it is currently used today, this article will help you in this direction.
Check it out.