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3Ducation Episode 2: History of 3D Printing
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By Noah W. | 3DP4E

In this episode of 3Ducation, join us as we go through a crash course of 3D printing history, from it's invention to the future; from 1984 to 2014!

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James K McMahon
about 3 years

As a 3D Historian in the area of Drop On Demand Thermoplastic inkjets and materials I was surprised to see this Episode of 3D History missing the importance of support structures in 3D and it's origin from Howtek, Inc's work on 2D printing. As many people know, 3D printing is in fact the act of printing. The original 2 material component 3D printer patent never mentioned STL files. This patent was used by Sanders Prototype, Inc for it's 1st 3D printer, the Modelmaker 6 Pro in 1993. 3D models are difficult to build without support. This support patent was needed by the early companies to design 3D printers. The inkjets of the Modelmaker era produced the highest quality models with wax and thermoplastic materials that are popular with jewelers worldwide. These 3D printers are still sold today. Does anyone know the company name?

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3DP4E
about 3 years

Thanks for the comment. This didn't really come up in our research, but it seems really important. Sounds like the history and design of 3D support structures could be a video in itself! We'll surely consider it.

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