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The history of 3D printing: A timeline
Consumer 3D printing and bio-printing hog most of the headlines these days, but additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping have a decades-long heritage. Our timeline documents some of the key technologies, companies, products, services and applications involved.
By Charles McLellan | | Topic: 3D Printing: Building the Future
Until recently, printing -- on clay, papyrus, cloth or paper -- was always a two-dimensional process. Then, starting in the 1980s, various technologies evolved to add the 'z' axis, which allowed machines to build three-dimensional objects from a CAD model or a 3D scan. The original general term for this process was 'additive manufacturing', and the canonical use case was 'rapid prototyping' -- the production of a plastic, wax or even metal object as an integral part of the product design workflow. Nowadays, '3D printing' is the umbrella term for these and other similar activities.
Consumer 3D printing has received a lot of breathless coverage in recent years, which is why it now sits firmly atop the Peak of Inflated Expectations in Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. However, the much longer heritage of enterprise 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) sees it climbing the Slope of Enlightenment towards the Plateau of Productivity: in this market, the bulky and (very) expensive machines of the 1990s have got smaller, cheaper and faster, and evolved to handle a wide range of materials, making them a key component of many industrial design departments.
Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Image: Gartner
Also notable in the same diagram is the rise of 3D bio-printing, which has already seen living tissues combined with a 3D-printed 'scaffold' to create working replacement organs. Expect to see a great deal of development, and media coverage, in this area in coming years (see for, example, TechRepublic's story on the project aiming to bio-print a human heart).
Our Dipity timeline hopefully gives a flavour of the developments in enterprise and consumer 3D printing, and 3D bio-printing, over the last 30 years. As ever, do let us know if we've missed any key technologies, companies, products, services or applications.
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3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
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FDM/FFF printing works by extruding plastic through a hot nozzle, namely PLA (biodegradable, corn-starch based), PETG, ABS (garden chair strength), NYLON, TPU and wooden based filament. We use all the above-mentioned filaments to provide you with the best product.
The cost of a 3d printing machine depends entirely on the type you are looking for. You will be surprised to know that the price has reduced drastically over the past few years. You can find all the pricing and technical information you need on our 3d printer sales page.
Can we print in different colors?
Filament comes in many different colors and materials. We can print in different colors but only by layer.
The technology is available that allows us to print with a dual head extruder (two colors at a time) and a full-color printer that is now available by XYZ printing. We will be experimenting with this technology soon!
How long does it take?
3D printing is usually a long process involving a lot of attention to detail. The amount of printing time taken depends entirely on the size and density of your print. The slicer package tells us exactly how long your print will take.
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