Welcome to the world of 3D printing, a technology whose concept dates back to the 1940s. This dynamic form of printing objects has become ubiquitous today, impacting almost every scientific field and major industry. Its full potential has yet to be realized.

A typical office or home printer lays down a single layer of ink on paper to produce an image. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is substantially different. These innovative printers use computed blueprints to build a three-dimensional object by adding one layer of material (plastic, metal, cells, concrete, powder, food, etc.) over the next.

This small exhibit highlights the brief history and fast-paced development of 3D printing. You will get a glimpse of its many applications today, its intriguing potential, learn about 3D printing at CU, and discover resources to help you explore the subject more deeply.