The History of 3D Printing

By on October 1st, 2014 in coverage

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There’s a lot more to 3D printing than the current craze of personal 3D machines. 

Brian Heater writes a long tale of the beginnings of 3D printing, from catastrophic kitchen experiments three decades ago, leading to the dynamic, near-consumer 3D printers of today. 

The story began with the curiosity of two engineers, Chuck Hull (left) and Scott Crump (right), from whose perseverance  and creativity emerged the two major processes driving 3D printing today: optically-fused resin (SLA) and plastic filament extrusion (FDM or FFF). 

These ideas eventually transformed into 3D Systems and Stratasys, by far the two largest companies in the space. 

If you do not know the story of how 3D printing emerged, you’d best read this excellent piece. 

Via Digital Trends

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!