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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

3D Printing and PLM

While additive manufacturing has been around since the 1980s, the rapid evolution of 3D printing and associated materials has industrial companies and even individual consumers excited about the future of making things. The original work on stereolithography (STL) was done in Japan in the 1970s, however, the term STL was coined in 1986 by Chuck Hull, who went on to found 3D Systems, a leader in additive manufacturing today. For many years the technology was used for prototyping, creating a physical form for parts that only lived on the drafting board or in the computer. The resins used in these early machines were both expensive and brittle, which helped in part to limit their applications. Over the next 30 years, new processes and materials evolved to support a broader range of use cases, but the machines were still expensive and had small build envelopes. It is only in the last 10-15 years
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