3D Systems' Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Hull, Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

M2 PRESSWIRE-October 26, 2023-: 3D Systems' Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Hull, Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation



- Hull invented and commercialized the first 3D printing technology, Stereolithography, which gave birth to the 3D printing industry

- Adoption of additive manufacturing transforming how products are developed, healthcare is delivered

- Hull and fellow laureates honored at ceremony at The White House on October 24, 2023

ROCK HILL, South Carolina - Today, 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced Charles (Chuck) Hull, its co-founder and chief technology officer for regenerative medicine, has received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Established in 1980, the NMTI is the United States' highest honor for technological achievement, awarded by the President of the United States for outstanding contributions to America's economic, environmental, and social well-being. Mr. Hull is being honored for the invention, development, and commercialization of Stereolithography (SLA), which launched the 3D printing industry, and for continuing innovation and leadership in additive manufacturing technology. He received the honor from President Joseph Biden at a ceremony held at The White House on Tuesday, October 24, 2023.

President Biden awards Charles W. Hull the National Medal of Technology and Innovation during an awards ceremony in the East Room of The White House, Oct. 24, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Ryan K. Morris and The National Science & Technology Medals Foundation)

Mr. Hull was Vice President of Engineering at UVP, Inc. (now owned by Analytik Jena), a company that manufactures ultraviolet light sources for industrial and scientific applications when he began working on a way to fuse UV resins into three-dimensional structures to create product prototypes. In 1983, he produced the first 3D-printed part, an eye wash cup, using Stereolithography. Mr. Hull applied for a patent for this technology, and in 1986 he co-founded 3D Systems through which the SLA-1, the first 3D printer, was commercialized. With the founding of 3D Systems, he initiated the 3D printing industry.

In 2014, Mr. Hull was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his globally impactful and transformative work inventing and pioneering 3D printing. The same year, he received the European Patent Office's prestigious European...

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