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For methods of applying a 2-D image on a 3-D surface, see pad printing. Part of the series on the
History of printing|
Woodblock printing| 200|
Movable type| 1040|
Intaglio| 1430s|
Printing press| 1454|
Lithography| 1796|
Chromolithography| 1837|
Rotary press| 1843|
Flexography| 1873|
Mimeograph| 1876|
Hot metal typesetting| 1886|
Offset press| 1903|
Screen-printing| 1907|
Dye-sublimation| 1957|
Phototypesetting| 1960s|
Photocopier| 1960s|
Pad printing| 1960s|
Laser printer| 1969|
Dot matrix printer| 1970|
Thermal printer| |
Inkjet printer| 1976|
3D printing| 1986|
Stereolithography| 1986|
Digital press| 1993|
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3D printing is a unique form of printing that is related to traditional rapid prototyping technology. A three dimensional object is created by layering and connecting successive cross sections of material. 3D Printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive fabrication technologies. While prototyping dominates current uses, 3D printing offers tremendous potential for retail consumer uses.[1] Contents[hide] * 1 Technologies * 2 Resolution * 3 Applications * 4 RepRap open source 3d printer * 5 References * 6 See also * 7 External links | [edit] Technologies

Previous means of producing a prototype typically took man-hours, many tools, and skilled labor. For example, after a new street light luminaire was digitally designed, drawings were sent to skilled craftsmen where the design on paper was painstakingly followed and a three-dimensional prototype was produced in wood by utilizing an entire shop full of expensive wood working machinery and tools. This typically was not a speedy process and costs of the skilled labor were not cheap. Hence the need to develop a faster and cheaper process to produce prototypes. As an answer to this need, rapid prototyping...