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    October 5, 2011 - Roland DG Corporation introduced the new iModela iM-01.

    Sep, 2011 - Vienna University of Technology, a smaller, lighter and cheaper printing device has now been developed.

    This smallest 3D printer weighs 1.5 kilograms, it costs around 1200 Euros.

    Aug, 2011 - The world’s first 3D printed aircraft created by Engineers at the University of Southampton.

    Jul, 2011 - Led by the University of Exeter, the University of Brunel and application developer Delcam, researchers in UK have presented the world's first 3D chocolate printer.
    June 6. 2011 Shapeways and Continuum Fashion announced the first 3d printed bikini.

    Jan, 2011 - Dutch 3D Printer manufacturer Ultimaker raised300 mm/second and the travel rate to 350 mm/second.

    Jan, 2011 - Researchers at Cornell University began to build 3D food printer.

    Dec. 8, 2010 - Organovo, Inc., a regenerative medicine company focused on bioprinting technology, announced the release of data on the first fully bioprinted blood vessels.

    Nov, 2010 - Urbee is the first prototype car is presented. This is the first car ever to have its entire body printed out on a giant 3D printer. All exterior components - including the glass panel prototypes - were created using Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus 3D Production Systems at Stratasys' digital manufacturing service - RedEye on Demand.

    2008 - Objet Geometries Ltd. announced that its revolutionary Connex500™ rapid prototyping system to be the first-ever system enabling the manufacture of 3-D parts using several different materials at the same time.

    2008 - The first version of Reprap was released. It can manufacture about 50 percent of its own parts.

    2006 - An open source project is initiated - Reprap - which was aimed at developing a self-replicating 3D printer. You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence.

    2005 - Z Corp. launched Spectrum Z510. It was the first high definition color 3D Printer in the market.

    1997 - EOS sold its stereolithography business to 3-D Systems but remains the largest European producer.

    1996 - 3D Systems introduced "Actua 2100". The term "3D Printer" was first used to refer rapid prototyping machines.

    1996 - Z Corporation introduced "Z402".

    1996 - Stratasys introduced "Genisys".

    1995 - Z Corporation obtained an exclusive license from MIT to use the technology and started developing 3D Printers based on 3DP technology.

    1993 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) patented "3 Dimensional Printing techniques". It is similar to the inkjet technology used in 2D Printers.

    1993 - Solidscape was founded to produces an inkjet-based machine that can build small parts with excellent surface finish at a relatively slow rate.

    1992 - DTM sold its first selective laser sintering (SLS) system.

    1992 - Stratasys sold its first FDM-based machine "3D Modeler".

    1991 - Helisys sold its first laminated object manufacturing (LOM) system.

    1989 - Scott Crump founded Stratasys.

    1988 - Scott Crump invented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

    1988 - 3D Systems developed model SLA-250, which was the first version to the general public.

    1986 - Charles Hull founded 3D Systems and developed the first commercial 3D Printing machine, it was called as Stereolithography Apparatus.

    1986 - Charles Hull named the technique as Stereolithography and obtained a patent.

    1984 - Charles Hull developed the technology for printing physical 3D objects from digital data.

    **History of printing

    1998 - Frescography

    1993 - Digital press

    1986 - Stereolithography

    1976 - Inkjet printing

    1972 - Thermal printing

    1969 - Laser printing

    1964 - Dot matrix printer

    1960 - Phototypesetting

    1957 - Dye-sublimation

    1923 - Spirit duplicator

    1907 - Screen printing

    1890 - Mimeograph

    1886 - Hot metal typesetting

    19th century - Hectograph

    1875 - Offset printing

    1843 - Rotary press

    1837 - Chromolithography

    1796 - Lithography

    1768 - Aquatint

    1642 - Mezzotint

    ca. 1500 - Etching

    1454 - Printing press

    1040 - Intaglio Printing

    200 - Woodblock Printing

    1800-1400 BC - Phaistos Disc

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