-What is the nature of the product or technology?
The nature of 3d printing is nearly any area you can think of applying it to.
-What is its development history?
Rapid prototyping came about in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ‘Rapid prototyping ‘paved the road for all the 3d printing companies out today. (Rapid prototyping created prototypes for a manufacturer to create a prototype of a product with plastics before executing their plans and mass producing them from their required material.)
The original advance in 3d printing technology started with MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and through 3d systems, a huge innovator in the 3d printing world. Charles Hull first created his Stereolithography apparatus(SLA) machine in 1983, and then 3 years later, in 1986, went on to patent his creation, and co-found 3d Systems with that success. On the other hand, Carl Deckard was working on his own RP(Rapid prototype) machine, which he termed Selective Laser Sintering(SLS).
-For what may it be used (needs addressed and/or functions performed)?
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When you or someone can recreate your idea into a 3d image called a CAD (Computer-aided Design) file. From the CAD file, it’s converted to a STL (Standard Tessellation Language) file. Then it’s transferred over to a 3d printer, which can print your idea in many different ways depending on what type of 3d printer is being used. There is a very diverse selection for types of additive manufacturing. Several different materials you can print with exist too, and more materials are getting the road paved for them to be printed as well. Currently, there is a vast amount of supplies that people tinker with, but there are also a few key materials used in 3d printing today that I’ll focus on. The most popular, plastics, come in a few different options. Some of them are stronger than others, some even