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[Solved] When Was the 3d Printer Invented?

January 25, 2017 / no comments, on Questions

Question: When was the 3d printer invented?

Answer:  The first patent for stereo lithography can be traced back to 1986. This patent belonged to one Charles Hull, who first invented his SLA machine in 1983.

Chuck Hull - inventor of the 3d printer

Charles (Chuck) Hull, inventor of the 3d printer.

 

Further Reading:

The earliest 3D printing technologies first became visible in the late 1980’s, at which time they were called Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies. This is because the processes were originally conceived as a fast and more cost-effective method for creating prototypes for product development within industry. As an interesting aside, the very first patent application for RP technology was filed by a Dr Kodama, in Japan, in May 1980. Unfortunately for Dr Kodama, the full patent specification was subsequently not filed before the one year deadline after the application, which is particularly disastrous considering that he was a patent lawyer! In real terms, however, the origins of 3D printing can be traced back to 1986, when the first patent was issued for stereo lithography apparatus (SLA). This patent belonged to one Charles (Chuck) Hull, who first invented his SLA machine in 1983. Hull went on to co-found 3D Systems Corporation — one of the largest and most prolific organizations operating in the 3D printing sector today.

Source: https://3dprintingindustry.com/3d-printing-basics-free-beginners-guide/history/




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