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Dont post it, I'll just print it

Posted on 04/10/2012 by SuperUser Account in Hardware News Software News

Great leaps forward in technology – and a big drop in machinery costs – have placed 3D printing within reach of the global masses. And, say our experts, those who embrace the trend have the potential to change the way we do business, forever Think of 3D and you're most likely to conjure images of clunky dark glasses and disappointing films. But the underwhelming response to those movies could hardly be in sharper contrast to the current buzz around 3D printing – a rapidly evolving prototyping and manufacturing technique for which, thankfully, no cumbersome eyewear or suspension of disbelief is required. In fact, while it's making global headlines, 3D printing – or additive manufacturing as it is also known – has been around for more than 25 years. In 1986, American inventor Charles W. Hull patented an automated technique for creating a solid object by laying down, or 'printing', successive thin layers of a liquid plastic – each solidifying on top of the other until the desired shape was created.

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