3D Printing History

1983

Charles Hull invented the technique of stereolithography

1984

Professor Dr. Beaman. Carl Deckard begin work on selective laser sintering (SLS)

1989

Scott Crump invents fused deposition modeling / FDM).

1992

3D System produces its first machine SLA (stereolithography apparatus).

1992

Stratasys creates 3D Modeler, his first FDM printer.

1995

Stratasys IBM buys from its rapid prototyping department develops the 3D industry.

2001

Stratasys acquired 3D DTM (the company founded by Deckard and specialized in technical SLS).

2005

Dr. Bowyer founded the open source RepRap project.

2006

The SLS technology becomes usable and is beginning to be used in industry.

2008

RepRap launches its 3D printer Shapeways 3D Darwin was born.

2009

Expires patent FDM printing technology and the 3D printer prices fall.

2014

It expires patent related to sintering technology.