The history of 3D printing from it's invention to today
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Charles “Chuck” Hull invented the first form of 3D printing – Stereolithography
11 March 1986
Hull coined the term Stereolithography when he patented his new system
The first Stereolithographic Apparatus (SLA) is made by 3D Systems
The first ever 3D organ, a bladder, is created with the patient’s own cells. This means that there is little chance of the organ being rejected by the body
A miniture kidney is created that can filter blood and produce diluted urine in an animal.
The Selective Laser Sintering machine is built and allows for mass customisation in manufacturing industrial parts
Objet ( a 3D systems and materials provider) develop a machine that can print in multiple materials
A prosthetic leg is created with a complex structure that requires no assembly. This opens the doorway to customised prosthetic limbs
Innovative bioprinting company, Organovo, creates the first blood vessel to be bioprinted
Printing Service, i.materialise, starts offering 14K gold and sterling silver as a printable material.