- Hull wins in the Non-European countries category for his invention of the original 3D printing technology
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Hull's pioneering work in additive manufacturing has led to the birth an entirely new industry. In addition to his invention of Stereolithography, Hull also co-created the gold standard in 3D printing connectivity with CAD formats, the STL file format. Beyond his 18 European patents for which he was recognized today, Hull holds 76 US patents and 14 Japanese patents. As the EPO suggests, 3D printing technology "could one day become one of the biggest advances in manufacturing since the industrial revolution."
Since his development of the SLA printing method, 3D printers have been embraced by a diverse range of industries from aerospace to automotive, healthcare and jewelry manufacturing. The ongoing success of this technology continues to impact everyone from students and teachers to makers and innovators in a revolutionary way.
"I was thinking about how this came to be and I'd really like to thank the hundreds and hundreds of scientists and engineers who have helped bring 3D printing to the world as we know it today," said
In addition to accepting the European Inventor Award today, Hull's accolades include induction into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame on
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Leadership Through Innovation and Technology
• 3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.• 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.• 3DS invented the Color-Jet-Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.• 3DS invented Multi-Jet-Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.
Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry's benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.
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