one of the earliest known writing systems developed in Sumer (modern day Iraq). Wedge-shaped marks were made on clay tablets by a blunt stylus cut from a reed.
Papyrus plant, paper-like material used as a writing surface in Egypt. Ink from lamp-black made in China.
Approx. 3000 BCE
Paper first used in England.
The invention of the printing press by Gutenberg
Chromolithography (multicolor printing)
a rotary relief printing method using rubber or plastic plates and fluid inks or dyes for printing on fabrics and impervious materials such as plastics, as well as on paper.
Water-based ink introduced
In real terms, however, the origins of 3D printing can be traced back to 1986, when the first patent was issued for stereolithography apparatus (SLA). This patent belonged to one Charles (Chuck) Hull, who first invented his SLA machine in 1983.