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.

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3D Technology is all about additive manufacturing and making it easy for the average person to do 3D printing in their own office or home. We provide extensive expertise on 3D printing, we also provide a printing service and sell 3D printers.

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is a limitless application of ones imagination becoming real, using this unique aspect we strive to spark creativity in the younger generation of today.
Limitless possibilities
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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We provide extensive expertise in 3D printing.
3D Printing is the Future
3D Printing has grown exponentially over the past few years, making the technology much more affordable for the average consumer.
The future is full of technological advances and 3d printing will help us get there even faster. It is obvious to see that 3d printing will revolutionize the technical world around us, and open a brand new world of limitless creation and productivity.
World’s biggest 3D printer
Business Insider SA, Jul 31, 2018
World’s biggest 3D printer
South Africa has the world’s biggest 3D printer – and it takes up to R7.5 million in titanium powder to fill it. 3D printing, considered the future of niche manufacturing, can make complex shapes, without wasting valuable metal powder.
GE Set to Release Massive Metal 3D Printer in 2018
GE Set to Release Massive Metal 3D Printer in 2018
Metal 3D Printer
GE Set to Release Massive Metal 3D Printer in 2018
GE has developed the new printer with the help of concept laser.
The Largest 3D Printing Event Worldwide
The Largest 3D Printing Event Worldwide
Growing Industry
The Largest 3D Printing Event Worldwide
Join us on our world tour and see how 3D printing is revolutionizing industries.
Executive’s guide to the business possibilities of 3D printing
Business possibilities of 3d printing
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Executive’s guide to the business possibilities of 3D printing
3D printing may hold both promise and peril, according to industry experts.
Making aircraft parts with 3D printing
Making aircraft parts with 3D printing
Aircraft Parts
Making aircraft parts with 3D printing
When you fly in a passenger plane, you probably don't give a lot of thought to how it's made. But one of the big changes is the impact of 3D printing.
Oct 18, 2018
Drone Racing Championchips
Business Insider SA
This 15-year-old farm boy from Caledon will be flying for SA at the world’s first FAI drone-racing champs in China
The championship will feature 115 of the world's best drone-racing pilots, from 32 nations, in the high tech city of Shenzhen over the first four days of November. Churchman will compete in the junior category for drone racers up to the age of 18.
Coffee Art Printer
The Coffee Art Printer prints color edible ink directly onto coffee foam and most other smooth surfaces.
This is a great way to do branding for your business or to use it on special marketing occasions. This machine can be leased from us for your coffee shop or business.
The history of 3D printing: A timeline
By Charles McLellan
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.
The Future of 3D Printing
3D Technology
Our world has a shortage of technically minded people. With 3d printing, we could spark this technical creativity. By teaching kids the creative possibilities of 3d printing.
One day almost every home, office or school will have access to a 3d printer. 3d printing has already aided industries such as space travel, doctors, architects, scientists, construction, and even the motor industry, only naming a few. Here are a few articles on the future of 3d printing and how it will impact our lives.
SA joins 3D printing revolution
SA joins 3D printing revolution
South Africa joins
SA joins 3D printing revolution
Any object, from a piece of jewelry to the fuselage of an aircraft, can be custom made without wasting any materials.
3D Printing a jaw
3D Printing a jaw
South Africa
3D Printing a jaw
Morriston Hospital rebuilds cancerous jaws with 3D printing
3D printing shaping a new manufacturing revolution
3D printing shaping a new manufacturing revolution
Manufacturing revolution
3D printing shaping a new manufacturing revolution
Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is consumer and industry ready.
3D printing materials
3D printing materials
3D printing materials
Materials set to shape the future of 3D printing
For any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us, or drop us an instant message.
What type of material do we use?
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.
For our 3D printing service, we charge a minimum of R80.00 per print and R10.00 per meter thereafter. 3D printing is a time-consuming process and we, therefore, do not charge hourly.
How much does a 3d printer cost?
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.
A New Future
3D printing is building a new future
Perhaps no technology has been over hyped more than 3D printing in recent years, but that doesn't mean it isn't delivering real disruption.

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