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Infographic: The History of 3D Printing
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing or rapid prototyping, is a technology with an elaborate history. Since the first patent was filed in the 1980s, different companies have fought for the first-place position to become the brand name for 3D printing.

As patents expired and became available to the masses, a new industry frontier has opened and has become available to anyone willing to take it on. Today, almost anyone can go online and purchase a home 3D printer and start printing objects within minutes. Explore the history of 3D printing below.

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