That is an excellent question. Multiple people invented 3D printing technology around the same time. Some articles on the internet state that Chuck Hull was the inventor of 3D printing. I did some research on the patents in this area and here are my findings.
One of the challenges with 3D printing and on-demand manufacturing, is how to make 3D design accessible. There are two major directions for co-creation. Let me explain.
ASTM is developing a new universal 3D printing file format to replace the defacto standard STL. The effort was headed up by Hod Lipson. The new file format offers much more options and control to specify attributes for 3D printing of 3D models.
I came across again this video and I thought it is a good idea to share it on my blog. In this video Scott Summit gives his vision on the future of 3D printing from a design perspective.
One of the main technical hurdle the current 3D printing technologies need to take is to go from open loop to closed loop control systems. Closed loop control will enable higher resolution and faster printing.
Blank canvas syndrome (BCS) is similar to what blank page syndrome is for writers — also called writer’s block. You do not know where to start. You have the tools or skills but there is no idea, no creativity. If you ask people what they would like to draw with 3D drawing software they have no idea. The blank canvas is staring in their face.
An overview of the 3D printing technologies and introduction of the most important concepts with regard to 3D printing technology.
Most technologies start out as very specialized and very expensive niche products and become mainstream after a decade or so. Computers, air conditioning and microwaves all started out as business technologies and are now standard household equipment. Will the same thing happen with 3D printing?
Third installment on the future of 3D printing. This post is about the possible next steps of 3D printing as a technology.
In my previous post about Future of 3D printing I wrote about the bigger effects of 3D printing on manufacturing. In this post I would like to go into the revolution of 3D printing itself as a technology.