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3D Printing the History Books!

It’s almost 30 years to the day that the wheels were set in motion that lead to the acquisition of one of the UK’s very first 3D Printing machines from the USA.

I had seen a programme on Tomorrow’s World (does anyone else remember that?!) reporting on a new technology which had the potential to be of interest to the company I was working for at the time.  

After some investigations I found Andrew Chantrill, who worked for Spectra Physics, the European distribution for 3D Systems.

We set up a meeting which his diary entry confirms, and the rest as they say is history. It’s interesting to note too, on the same day, Andrew visited Mark Road, later to become 3D System’s first UK office. 

Formation Engineering Services was started in April 1991 proudly showcasing an SLA 250. The age of 3D Printing was born, and it wasn’t long before we invested in more machines and for some years had the biggest SLA capacity in the UK.

They were exciting times and I have a lot to thank Andrew for…and Tomorrow’s World!

30 years on, and 3D printers are commonplace, in schools, homes and businesses across the world. Great things are possible and still we continue to advance the technology and push the boundaries. 

I’m currently experimenting with the 3D Systems Figure 4 Standalone Printer, developing the printing of low volume silicone components – and it’s still just as exciting!

As always, if I can be of service, just give me a call.

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