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Learn Everything You Need to Know About the History of 3D Printing

Learn Everything You Need to Know About the History of 3D Printing

Written by David

March 20, 2019

3D printing may seem like a brand new technology, but believe it or not, it’s been around for almost 40 years. Here’s a tour through the history of 3D printing , one of the most revolutionary manufacturing technologies of the 21st century. MakerBot 3D Printers Family 1980s The earliest 3D printing technologies came about in the 1980s. They were called Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies because they were first conceived as a faster and more cost-effective means of creating prototypes for product development within the industry. The first patent application for RP technology was filed in 1980, by Dr. Hideo Kodama of the Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute in Japan. It described a rapid prototyping system using photopolymers. A solid, printed model was built up in layers, with each layer corresponding to a cross-sectional slice of the model. Unfortunately for Dr. Kodama, he failed to follow up on his patent […]

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