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3D Printing, The Next Revolution

A video from the BBC about 3d printing hitting the highstreet, click to watch

You may think that 3D printing is a relatively new idea, but it was originally invented in 1984 by Chuck Hull. He founded 3D Systems Corporation in California and quickly became the only producer of 3D printing. Hull’s version of 3D printing is a little different to what it is today, as he used thin layers of ultraviolet curable material on top of one another. Initially it was used for commercial rapid prototyping, saving companies time and money for prototypes of their products.

3D printers today are different to traditional printing (such as machining techniques) which rely on removal of materials rather than building materials up. The name of the process used is called Additive Manufacturing, this means successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes on top of one another.

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