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Carl Robert Deckard, inventor of SLS, dies at 58

Carl Robert Deckard, inventor of SLS, dies at 58

Written by David

December 30, 2019


Carl Robert Deckard, the inventor known in the additive manufacturing for inventing and commercializing selective laser sintering technology, passed away on December 23, 2019.


Along with the original SLS patent, Carl held 27 patents and was profiled by Fortune magazine as one of five modern technology pioneers, inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame by Industry Week, and named a Master of Manufacturing by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.


In this photo from UT, from left to right: Carl Deckard, Joe Beaman, and Paul Forderhase photographed November 19, 2012. The image in the background is of selective laser sintered miniature University of Texas towers before removal from the powder bed. A graduate of the University of Texas, Mr. Deckard majored in Mechanical Engineering and, during a summer internship, started to think about a new way to fabricate parts directly from drawings by […]

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