Friday, August 16, 2013
This is the story of the birth of an industry in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in the 1980s.
It started when an undergraduate student had an idea while working a summer job. He asked for the help of a young and hungry assistant professor, who managed to get the project funded.
Soon enthusiastic, powerful and hardworking people defended its potential, and with a few strokes of luck, and a lot of just plain hard work, developed a manufacturing technology that spawned the additive manufacturing industry.
The Cockrell School of Engineering and its Department of Mechanical Engineering put together a slide show and a detailed history on how Carl Deckard, the student, and Joe Beaman, the professor, built the technology from the ground up.
See it all on the Cockrell School website.