Carl Robert Deckard, a popular inventor in 3D printing space has passed away. Carl is known for discovering and marketing selective laser sintering technology. The inventor passed away on December 23, 2019.
Together with the original SLS license, Carl owned 27 licenses. He was recorded by Fortune magazine as among the five latest technology engineers, initiated into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame by Industry Week. Carl was also named a Master of Manufacturing by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
The late inventor was a graduate of the University of Texas, he Deckard majored in Mechanical Engineering. During a summertime internship, Mr. Deckard began to consider a fresh way to fabricate pieces straight from drawings by use of a laser. This was to join together powder in the form of the piece and creating the part, layer after layer.
In 1984, his senior year, he chose that he needed to act on this concept for his Master’s degree at UT. Mr. Deckard requested several professors and finally discovered Dr. Joe Beaman, a junior assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering. Beaman backed his concept and accepted to nurture him in his graduate education.
Mutually, they developed the procedure that turned out to be referred to as selective laser sintering or SLS. This is among the premier and lasting forms of 3D printing. The outcome of his Master’s work was a selectively laser sintered plastic cube in another plastic cube. Through the assistance of a donation from the National Science Foundation, he went on with his discovery for his PhD following the direction of Dr. Beaman.
In 1987 Mr. Deckard co-established Desk Top Manufacturing (DTM) Corp. which concentrated in rapid prototyping and manufacturing systems for companies and service bureaus. The company was purchased at a cost of $45 million valuation by 3D Systems in 2001.
As the additive manufacturing industry evolved, Carl worked with his partners, Vikram Devarajan and Jim Mikulak. They invented new polymers for application in SLS. This made it probable to make more excellent quality 3D printed pieces. Their firm, Structure Polymers, Inc. was lately purchased by Evonik.