(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) Printing in Three Dimensions

(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) Printing in Three Dimensions


Printing in Three Dimensions

  • In the not-too-distant past, a patient in dire need of an organ transplant had to wait for someone to die to be bestowed with a healthy organ and thus, a new life. 
  • Today, an organ can be printed in a laboratory, with perfect specifications matching the patients’ needs and successfully implanted in his body. 


  • This is the most recent and best application of 3-Dimensional Printing technology currently in use, though this technology is certainly not limited to the medical field. Its scope is bounded only by the limits of one’s imagination.
  • It was Charles Hull, a physicist, who patented the ‘stereolithography’ technique, now commonly known as 3D printing, in 1986. 
  • He thought of this process while using ultraviolet light to harden coatings on a tabletop, in 1983. The new designs in manufacturing plants which required small parts hindered the speed of the process until his invention.
  • Hull then started a company called 3D Systems and expanded his patents to include non-liquids. Vehicle manufacturing companies and medical and non-medical R&D labs were immediately attracted by the infinite possibilities posed by this invention. 
  • In 2014, Hull was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He is also known as the “Father of 3D printing”



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