Abstract: It is important to understand that AM was not developed in isolation from other technologies. For example it would not be possible for AM to exist were it not for innovations in areas like 3D graphics and Computer-Aided Design software.
This chapter highlights some of the key moments that catalogue the development of Additive Manufacturing technology. It will describe how the different technologies converged to a state where they could be integrated into AM machines. It will also discuss milestone AM technologies and how they have contributed to increase the range of AM applications. Furthermore, we will discuss how the application of Additive Manufacturing has evolved to include greater functionality and embrace a wider range of applications beyond the initial intention of just prototyping.
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