Will businesses print the future?

Although 3D printing is not a recent innovation, actually it's more than 30 years old, it was only when the initial patents were nearing its end that the market really started to move. In November 2012 3D Systems sued Formlabs and Kickstarter for an alleged patent infringement of the 520 patent (5,597,520) the patent that would expire …

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How about Portugal?

The first 3D printer designed and developed in Portugal was created in 2013. Occupying the same space as a common paper printer, BEETHEFIRST- the name by which the printer will be marketed - was conceived and developed in the course of 18 months by two young Portuguese engineers in love with 3D technology, Francisco Mendes …

History

Contrary to what you might think 3D printing has been around for a while.  Charles Hull invented 3D printing, which he called “stereolithography,” in the early 1980s. Hull, who has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics, was working on making plastic objects from photopolymers at the company Ultra Violet Products in California. Most of the …