3DMedNet quiz of the year: the year in 3D printing for medicine

To celebrate the 2019 festive season, 3DMedNet has launched the 'quiz of the year'! Join us as we ask questions surrounding basic 3D printing trivia, highlights from medical 3D printing news headlines in 2019 and projects to watch in 2020.

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To celebrate the 2019 festive season, 3DMedNet has launched the very first, 'quiz of the year'! 

Over the next few weeks, we will be asking five questions on our social media channels surrounding 3D printing trivia, highlights from medical 3D printing news headlines in 2019 and projects to watch in 2020. You can join us via this post, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn each week for the answer to each question. Please comment or reply to our threads with your answers, but NO GOOGLE!

We will be posting the answers here each week, along with our highlights from 2019 and exclusive access to some of our top content, so make sure you keep up with our weekly updates! 


Question 1: when was 3D printing invented?

...and for bonus points: what was the first ever 3D-printed object? 

Answer

The answer is that 3D printing actually outdates the internet! In 1981, Hideo Kodama of Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute (Japan) proposed the first 3D printing system in a research paper, but it was Chuck Hull of 3D Systems (SC, USA) who 3D printed the first ever ‘part’ in 1983, later called ‘stereolithography’ in a 1984 patent application. The first object ever printed, was an eye wash cup.  

In 2019, 36 years later, 3D printing technologies have advanced so far that scientists are bioprinting corneas, retinas and other components of the eye! 

From 3D printing the eye cup, to the eye: 


Question 2: in how many dimensions is it possible to print?

You have one week to share your answers with us. Good luck!

Watch this space for the answer, available next week.



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