5/26/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

3D Systems’ First 3D Printer Receives Mechanical Engineering Honors

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Developed in 1987 by Chuck Hull, the SLA-1 was recently recognized as a historic landmark.

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has designated the SLA-1, the first commercial rapid prototyping system introduced by 3D Systems, as a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. The SLA-1 was developed in 1987 from the work of Charles (Chuck) Hull, the inventor of stereolithography (SLA) and co-founder and chief technology officer of 3D Systems. ASME hosted a landmark ceremony at 3D Systems’ headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on May 18, 2016.

Hull invented SLA in 1983 as a rapid prototyping system that cures photopolymer resins layer-by-layer using UV lasers. Filed in 1984, the original SLA patent is cited as the step that paved the way for new industries and new ways of thinking about design and manufacturing. The SLA-1 joins over 260 ASME landmarks around the world.

“It’s a great honor for 3D Systems, and for me personally, to receive recognition by ASME for our original technology,” said Hull, co-founder and chief technology officer, 3D Systems. “Although I expected 3D printing to be embraced by manufacturers, I never could have anticipated how widespread 3D printing is today, or the types of things that people are doing with it. For the past 30 years, we have had the distinct pleasure of watching our innovation spur more innovation, and we are excited to continue to shape the future.”

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