Fact File about the Invention of the 3D Printer: Invention: 3D Printer *** Date of Invention: 1986 *** Name of Inventor: Chuck Hull *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Technology and Information Age *** Category: Computing and Technology *** Country of Origin:
United States *** Facts about the Inventor, Chuck Hull, and the invention of the 3D Printer ***
Fact 1: Who invented the 3D Printer? The 3D Printer was invented by Chuck
Hull in 1986 during the Technology and Information Age of invention.
Fact 2: Who invented the 3D Printer? Prior to the invention of the 3D
Printer (meaning 3 Dimensional printer) in 1986 it was only possible for
document or photo printers, which could only print two dimension.
Fact 3: Who invented the 3D Printer? A one dimensional (1D) shape is a
flat line segment that only one dimension, the length. Two dimensional (2D)
objects have measurable dimensions of length and width, such as a square. Three
dimensional (3D) objects have a third dimension - depth - such as a cube.
Fact 4: Who invented the 3D Printer? Depth perception, the visual
ability to perceive the world in three dimensions, provides an idea of the
length, width and height of an object.
Fact 5: Who invented the 3D Printer? The invention of the 3D Printer met
the need for a CAD (Computer-aided design) and CAM (Computer-aided
manufacturing) system capable of rapidly, reliably, economically and accurately
designing and fabricating three-dimensional objects.
Fact 6: Who invented the 3D Printer? The inventor of the 3D Printer,
Charles (Chuck) Hull, was born on May 12, 1939 in Clifton, Colorado, United States.
Fact 7: Who invented the 3D Printer? The early years of Chuck Hull were spent in Clifton, Colorado, United States where he was raised by his
parents, Lester and Esther Hull. Chuck Hull was educated at University of Colorado
in 1961 where he received a BS degree in engineering physics.
Fact 8: Who invented the 3D Printer? Following his education his first job was as a
senior engineer at Bell & Howell. He went on to become an engineering manager at
DuPont’s Photo Products Division and then joined UVP Inc., a systems
manufacturing company, in San Gabriel, California.
Fact 9: Who invented the 3D Printer? While he was at UVP Inc. Chuck Hull
developed and patented the stereolithography process, the first commercial 3D
Fact 10: Who invented the 3D Printer? He was driven to make the invention
because he became increasingly frustrated that the production of small plastic
parts, for prototyping new product designs at UVP Inc., could take up to two
Fact 11: Who invented the 3D Printer? He worked hard on his invention for
over a year and, using his stereolithography process, Chuck Hull first
printed a small black eye-wash cup.
Fact 12: Who invented the 3D Printer? Chuck Hull coined the term
“stereolithography” in his U.S. Patent 4,575,330 entitled "Apparatus for
Production of Three-Dimensional Objects by Stereolithography" that he filed on
August 8, 1984 and was issued on March 11, 1986.
Fact 13: Who invented the 3D Printer? Chuck Hull defined
stereolithography as a method and apparatus for making solid objects by
successively "printing" thin layers of the ultraviolet curable material one on
top of the other.
Fact 14: Who invented the 3D Printer? The prime object of his invention
was to harness the principles of CAD (computer generated graphics), combined
with UV curable plastic and the like, to simultaneously execute CAD and CAM, and
to produce three-dimensional objects directly from computer instructions.
Fact 15: Who invented the 3D Printer? After patenting the invention,
Chuck Hull founded 3D Systems in Valencia, California in 1986 order to
commercialise the new method of production.
Fact 16: Who invented the 3D Printer? The first commercial 3D Printer was
launched in 1988 and the printers, materials and software were a huge success
with manufacturers in the car industry such as Mercedes-Benz and General Motors
The product also attracted sales in the aerospace sector and for companies
designing medical equipment.
Fact 17: Who invented the 3D Printer? Chuck Hull coined the term
“stereolithography” he pave the way for what we now know today as additive
manufacturing (AM) – or 3D printing.