A brief history of 3D/Additive Printing

It all began in 1974


3D printing has one of those beginnings that you really makes you laugh. In 1974 a scientist who published under an assumed name of Daedalus published an article that described using laser beams and monomers to create any type of solid object. The scientist was David E, H. Jones. If you enjoy reading about inventors that literally changed the world and also had a great sense of humor, learn more about this most unique individual. 


Other scientists took the concept introduced by David E.H. Jones and turned that concept into the beginnings of what we know of today as 3D and Additive printing. In 1984 Chuck Hull of 3D Systems filed for a patent on his stereolithography fabrication system and from that point forward the way things were made would never be the same.


Development of new technologies, 3D printers and materials those printers could print using continued to grow in the 1980's, 1990's, and early 2000's. Costs for the early 3D printers were very high and early patents limited competition and kept them that way until some of the older patents expired starting in 2002. 


In 2004 the RepRap Project is launched and a a game-changing new 3D printer is released.   Both the printer and the project were open source and this approach changed the industry and led to the rapid development and deployment cycles of new 3D printers and processes that characterize the industry today.


The period between 2010 and today has seen the previously thought of as the impossible become reality starting with the printing of the first blood vessel in 2010 by Organvo. Today body parts like bionic eyes, antibacterial teeth, human skin, and elastic human bone implants are in use in a hospital near you today. The world's first 3D printed kidney was introduced to the world at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March of 2019. Similar progress is being made in other areas and are remaking the world as we know it today and will experience it in the future.


We established this consultancy after watching this technology develop for many years. In the past, it was promising, but not yet game-changing in the "here and now". The future truly is now here and this technology is remaking entire business communities and will continue to do so.


If you need a partner as you try and understand how this technology is likely to affect your business and how you can take full advantage of all of the opportunity it offers, we would like the opportunity to show you what we have to offer.

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