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History of 3D Printing – When Was 3D Printing Invented?

History of 3D Printing – When Was 3D Printing Invented?

Written by David

December 11, 2018

What many people don’t actually know is that 3D printing is not a new technology. In fact, the first-ever patent for 3D printing was successfully issued in 1986. Let’s take a closer look at the history of 3D printing and how it all came about. Dr. Hideo Kodama. Source: Sculpteo Japan The history of 3D printing begins in 1981 with Dr. Hideo Kodama’s patent application for a rapid prototyping device. As far as we’re aware, Dr. Kodama is the first person ever to apply for a patent in which laser beam resin curing system is described. Unfortunately, the Japanese doctor’s application never went through. Due to issues with funding, he was unable to complete the process before the one-year deadline. France Nevertheless, the idea of “rapid prototyping devices” continued to develop, and the next people we know about who had an impact on the idea were […]


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