The concept of 3D Printing was first created by Dr. Kodama. Unfortunately, the patent requirement was not filed before the deadline.
A group of French engineers was interested in the Stereolithography Dr. Kodama had started. But their work got abandoned due to the lack of business perspective.
Charles Hull saw great potential in this Stereolithography, which led to him depositing the first patent for this technology.
Charles Hull founded the 3D Systems Corporation, also releasing the first 3D printer, the SLA-1.
Scott Crump, a co-founder of Stratasys Inc. brought a patent for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), becoming the third type of 3D Printing.
Carl Deckard filed another patent for a different type of 3D Printing technology called SLS technology, in which a laser is used to fuse powdered grains together.
In 1990, Dr. Hans J. Langer founded EOS GmbH, who then created the first “EOS” system. This new system had such a high quality that it’s still known for its efficiency and quality in the field of SLS technology yet today.
In between 1993 and 1999, many more types of 3D Printing were invented and developed. Z Corporation then created model Z402, In the same time, two more types of 3D Printing were created, being Arcam MCP technology and Selective Laser Melting. Researchers also foresaw a new path that could be opened to the field of 3D Printing, in the area of medication.
Stratasys invented many 3D printers for both professionals and amateurs after being issued with the Fused Deposition Modeling patent.
3D Printing first gained the media when the world witnessed the first ever 3D Printed working kidney. The idea of printed organs was finally made into reality, achieving this milestone that no one thought 3D Printing would. With this success, the development of 3D Printed organs rapidly accelerated; many other perfectly working 3D Printed organs were created and used in patients in this decade.
The first self-replicating 3D Printer was built, in a project called RapRap.
The first high-definition 3D Printer was created and released by Zcorp.
The first 3D Printed car was created, making the concept of 3D Printed vehicles more than just a concept, but instead, a reality.
The concept of 3D Printed food was created, initiating the development of the first food 3D Printer in Cornell University.
President Obama mentioned the possibilities of additive manufacturing or 3D Printing in his speech, saying, “New workers can master the technology of 3D Printing, which has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”
NASA saw great potential in the use of 3D Printers in Space, therefore developed the first 3D Printer that worked in outer space. This device was soon tested and created the first 3D Printed object in outer space.