Timeline of significant events in 3D printing

 

•1984-Chuck Hull Invented the 1st method of 3d printing (stereolithography)

•1992-3D Systems produced the 1st SLA machine

•2005-DR Adrian Bowyer founds Rep Rap (opensource collaboration-self replicating printers)

•2006-The first SLS (selective laser sintering) machine becomes viable enabling “mass customization”

•2008 Shapeways launches co-creation service and community

•2009- Makerbot starts selling DIY 3D printing kits (FDM patent expires)

•2009-Organovo uses 3d bioprinter to create blood vessels

•2012- 3d printed prosthetic jaw is successfully implanted

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