3d Printing And Its Effects

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Introduction 3D printing has been quoted by the Financial Times and from other sources as, “Possibly being bigger than the internet”(Jun 21, 2012). The earliest 3D printing technologies first became visible in the late 1980’s. There are multiple different types of 3D printing technologies, which process different materials in unique ways to create the desired object. Since the emergence of 3D printing, developments and improvements to the process and the materials has greatly expanded the various applications. 3D printing was invented as a means of speeding up the early stages of product development, using simple material, and multiple applications. History of 3D Printing The earliest 3D printing technologies first became visible in the late 1980’s. At this time it was used for making fast and cost-effective prototypes in the 3D industry, it was called Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies. Even though this is true, the first 3D printer was invented in 1983 by Charles Hull. In 1989 Scott Crump, a co-founder of Stratasys Inc. filed a patent for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), the proprietary technology that is still held by the company today. The early nineties witnessed a growing number of competing companies in the RP market, but only three of the originals remain today: 3D Systems, EOS and Stratasys. In the early 2000’s 3-D printing was advancing to the point where the need for new terminology. Such as, Rapid Tooling (RT), Rapid Casting and Rapid Manufacturing (RM)

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