History of 3D printing
Charles W. Hull, founder and president of 3D Systems, Inc., invents stereolithography.
Successful start of the first experimental stereolithography system.
The first 3D design software becomes available.
The first patent is filed for a stereolithography system.
Dr. Charles Deckard of the University of Texas announces the principle of laser sintering.
A stereolithography system goes on sale for the first time.
The American S. Scott Crump and his wife Lisa invent fused deposition modeling.
The first fused deposition modeling system is launched on the market.
U.S. start-up DTM produces the first commercial selective laser sintering system.
A team at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, files a patent for selective electron beam melting.
Objet, now part of Stratasys Ltd., introduces Polyjet technology.
Concept Laser, a German company, sells its first LaserCUSING machine. Use of the term selective laser melting later becomes widespread.
EOS, a company based in the Bavarian town of Krailling, rolls out the first system for processing polyetherketone, PEEK HP3.
The first fused deposition modeling printers for home use are launched on the market. The PROTIQ team starts working on additive manufacturing for the Phoenix Contact Group.
PROTIQ launches its 3D printing portal with upload functionality. The company's extensive technical and practical expertise makes it especially attractive for B2B customers.
PROTIQ takes a big step towards the future: The existing e-shop of the 3D printing provider is turning into an online marketplace.