3D Printing and Beyond

By Caroline Gray

How it Started Out...

Charles Hull invented the 3D printer. The first 3D printer proved to be a successful invention on March 9th, 1983. The idea of a 3D printer was fantastic, generally making prototypes in those days could take 6-8 weeks to make a product. A machine that could make the same product in a few hours was unbelieveable! He patented it and now 3D printers have evolved to much more than just simple prototypes for companies!

How it Works...

First, there is a design on a computer aided design program, then the printer takes the design and then uses some heated plastic to make thin layers over and over, slowly creating the object. The platform that the object is being printed on lowers as the object gets bigger!

Different Types of Printing