Approximately 31 years ago, Chuck Hull woke his wife up out of bed to show her a tiny little object, that object, the first ever 3D print. It was a small cup that Hull had printed using his invention, a 3D printer. Back in 1983, it was hard to realize the impact that this invention would eventually have on the world. In fact, even today it may be difficult to fully grasp how far 3D printing may take us as a civilization, but the impact of the technology, thus far, has been far reaching. That tiny 3D printed cup was also the launch of 3D systems, the largest 3D printing company on the planet, founded by Hull.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame today announced that they will be inducting Chuck Hull into their prestigious group of members, which include Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Steve Jobs among others.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame was established in 1973, and only inducts Americans who have conceived, patented, and advanced technologies which have changed the the welfare of the nation in a positive way. 3D printing has certainly done this, and continues to do this more and more, as each week day passes.
“Each year we have the distinct honor of recognizing individuals whose contributions to society will resound throughout the ages,” said Michael Oister, Invent Now CEO. “3D printing is an astounding technology that is poised to change the way our world works and the way we interact with it. We are delighted to welcome Chuck Hull to our NIHF family.”
The ceremony for Hull’s induction will take place at the United States Trademark and Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, on May 21st of this year.
“I am deeply honored to become a part of the NIHF and be considered among the group of high caliber innovators who have transformed the world and improved the human condition in tangible and powerful ways. I always knew that 3D printing had the capacity to change the entire design-to-manufacture process, but could not have anticipated the full impact that my work would have on every facet of our lives. It is incredibly humbling and exhilarating to be a part of this transformation,” said Chuck Hull, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems.
What’s even more amazing about his accomplishments is that the full effect that this technology may have on society, likely will not be felt for years to come. We are in the early stages of an exponential growth curve within the 3D printing industry, and it appears to be on a trajectory to change the face of manufacturing for the better. Discuss this story at 3D Print Board.