3D Printing, History of
3D Printing is a form of manufacturing that adds materials together in layers to form an object. This is in direct contrast to subtraction manufacturing, which cuts away at a material to form an object. Primarily using plastics and/or metal, this form of manufacturing is rapidly developing and handling new, exotic materials. Its increasing adoption rate will have a big impact on the processes of distribution and production.
Beginning in the 1980s, this technology has had an interesting development as it has reached its more mainstreamed status. The individuals that contributed to this interesting industry are varied across the globe. First being referenced as Rapid Prototyping, this industry donned the title “3D Printing” in the 1990s and has slowly become an almost ubiquitous household term today.
The History of 3D Printing
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