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Franson 1 Ivan Franson Gwendolyn Edward English 1000 July 15, 2018 How Will 3D Printing Affect the Medical Industry? What is 3D printing? According to the Oxford Dictionary 3D printing is, “the action or process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession.” Although it is a fairly new concept to most people, it has been around for 35 years. The first 3D printing process was invented by Chuck Hull in 1983. He called this process stereolithography and defined it as “a method and apparatus for making solid objects by successively printing thin layers of ultraviolet curable material one on top of another” (What is 3D Printing?). Hull’s printer mainly used photopolymers, which turn into plastic when exposed to a UV laser; in 1992, the first stereolithographic apparatus machine was built by Chuck Hull’s company (Goldberg). It is now one of the biggest 3D printing companies. As 3D printing gains in popularity, more printers are being produced and sold. In 2007, there was around 66 3D printers sold and in 2015 over 232,000 were sold (Goldberg).
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  • Fall '08
  • RYAN
  • Inkjet printer, Stereolithography, Chuck Hull, bioprinting

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