The name Chuck Hull may not be familiar to you, but in 1983, which is over 30 years ago, this man created the world’s first 3D printer. Chuck Hull’s ingenuity helped him to create a machine that could print solid, three-dimensional objects from scratch.

We are now in a stage of time where reverse engineering and additive manufacturing are making their mark. Doors of opportunity for this technology to excel and succeed have opened in different business fields and industries including art, health, manufacturing and medical science.

For the last 30 years that 3D printing has been around it has made a significant impact in many industries. However, in terms of reaching its full potential, this technology still has much more to give. Three-dimensional printing has rapidly progressed from its earlier achievements, such as successfully printing 3D toys and trinkets, and is now being used to manufacture aerospace components, cars and even prosthetic limbs.

The skeptics have been quick in their slander of how 3D printing is slower, more costly than, and not as effective as traditional manufacturing. The view can be argued though, as it’s easy to slate any technology if all one does is focus on its shortcoming. Would it not be better to acknowledge just how far it has come? Or, how much it has already impacted and improved the way things used to be done?

With aerospace giants NASA funding 3d printed food and other industries like the fashion world 3D printing clothes and shoes, only shows the versatility of this technology.

Three-dimensional printing is a technology that is still progressing and in its early stages. It still has a long way to go, but more and more people are being drawn to its capabilities and it’s this that will help push it on to break new ground.