Our work is inspired not only by architecture, but by big and small science, ancient and contemporary art, and cutting edge tech. We consider 3Dprinting at the point of convergence around technology, science, design and architecture, and that’s exactly where we want to be.
Moving towards a pipeline architecture that’s similar to the rendering pipeline used by the movie industry, OpenFab is a streamlined process using fablets to specify changes in the material composition and geometry of each layer to be printed.
- **1984**, THE BIRTH OF 3D PRINTING: stereolithography enabled a tangible 3D object to be created from digital data, allowing users to test a design before investing in a larger manufacturing program.
- **1992**, LAYER BY LAYER: SLA (stereolithographic apparatus), a UV laser solidifying photopolymer, a liquid with the viscosity and color of honey that makes three-dimensional parts layer by layer. Complex parts can be manufactured overnight.
- **1999**, ENGINEERED ORGANS: The first lab-grown organ is implanted in humans using a 3-D synthetic scaffold coated with their own cells.
- **2005**, OPEN-SOURCE COLLABORATION & 3D PRINTING: RepRap is founded as an open-source initiative to build a 3D printer that can print most of its own components. The vision of this project is to democratize manufacturing by cheaply distributing RepRap units to individuals.
- **2008**, THE FIRST SELF-REPLICATING PRINTER: RepRap Project releases Darwin, the first self-replicating printer that is able to print the majority of its own components.
- **2008**, DIY CO-CREATION SERVICE LAUNCHES: Shapeways launches a private beta for a new co-creation service and community allowing artists, architects and designers to make their 3D designs as physical objects inexpensively.
- **2009**, BIOPRINTING: a 3D bioprinter to print the first blood vessel.