Alamo Inventors – Wednesday Feb 14 at 102 Mabry Dr. – 3D Printing: The History, Future & Lessons From The Inventor Of Selective Laser Sintering

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Alamo Inventors Meeting


San Antonio Museum Of Science And Technology
102 Mabry Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78226

Wednesday – Feb 14, 2018


3D Printing: The History, Future & Lessons From The Inventor Of Selective Laser Sintering

Dr. Carl Deckard

The original four 3D Printing processes were invented in the late 1980s.  Three of the four original processes; Stereolithography (liquid photopolymer), Fused Deposition Modeling (extrusion) and Selective Laser Sintering (powder bed fusion) are the dominant processes in the industry today.  Each of these processes was conceived in the United States by an individual inventor and developed by a small group.

Dr. Deckard will speak about the evolution of the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), lessons learned and the future of 3D Printing with an emphasis on the advantage to the individual inventor.

SLS is a novel manufacturing process that fabricates solid 3D objects from a CAD model by building up the object in layers by melting a powder together with a laser beam.  Dr. Deckard will bring some of the original components he built with the SLS process.

During undergraduate school at  the University of Texas (UT), Mr. Deckard actively worked on SLS and the Deckard Engine. After several years of conceptual work, the concept for SLS came together during Deckard’s last semester of undergraduate school.

Mr. Deckard secured UT funds to build a demonstration unit for his Master’s Degree Thesis after demonstrating the basic feasibility of SLS.  Deckard continued to work on SLS for a Ph.D.  Deckard convinced UT to file for patents on SLS and teamed with associates to found Nova Automation (later DTM) which licensed the rights to SLS patents from UT  in 1987 and subsequently, secured financing to commercialize SLS in 1988.

As a postdoctoral fellow at UT, Dr. Deckard worked with a team to design, build and test the next generation SLS machine built at UT and later, an off campus SLS machine shown at Autofact ’89.  Dr. Deckard continued to work on SLS machines, process and materials at DTM culminating with the launch of the Sinterstation 2000 in 1993.  He has further continued to enhance SLS and work on a novel method of making polymer powders for powder bed fusion 3D Printing processes.

Visit / Brainstorm
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Venue This Meeting
San Antonio Museum Of Science And Technology
102 Mabry Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78226


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About Alamo Inventors

Founded in 2000, the Alamo Inventors organization holds monthly meetings for the inventor community and provides access to resources supporting the inventing, entrepreneurship, and patent protection process. Monthly programs include a free network hour.  Member meetings include a notable guest speaker who typically share their experience and advise about their journey of taking their idea to market.

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