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Alamo Inventors, founded in 2000, welcomes you and invites you to participate with like-minded people from around the area in achieving success in your endeavors. Each month we have gatherings to collaborate, interact, inform and learn about inventing and entrepreneurship. ( read more )

The presentation will be held this Feb 14th at 102 Mabry 78226

The meetings will now be held on the second Wednesday of the month through November of this year.

The first hour from 5:30pm to 6:30pm is for networking and getting to know each other.

From 6:30pm to 8:00pm is the monthly speaker where successful Inventors and Entrepreneurs help you understand how to succeed!

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Monthly meeting:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Public Invited

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Carl Deckard


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 build 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.


San Antonio Museum Of Science And Technology
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San Antonio, TX 78226


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San Antonio, TX 78229-2973


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