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Charles W. Hull

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Engineering

For helping launch the groundbreaking 3D printing industry. Thanks to stereolithography, which he invented, countless products can be prototyped faster and cheaper, reshaping industries from aerospace to health care to education. He continues to drive innovation in advanced manufacturing, critical to our Nation’s economy, security, and global leadership.

Charles W. Hull invented stereolithography, the first 3D printing technology. He co-founded 3D Systems in 1986, and this event launched the 3D printing industry, which has grown to what it is today. He has constantly worked toward new additive manufacturing applications in both industrial and healthcare fields. He serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Regenerative Medicine, at 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD), and is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of this company. He is currently directing 3D printing programs in transplantable human organs and tissues.

Mr. Hull received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, and Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado and from Loughborough University. Prior to additive manufacturing his early career was with DuPont where he developed analytical equipment for chemists, and he helped pioneer GC-MS. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and he has received the European Inventor Award, for the invention of 3D Printing. He has twice been an Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mr. Hull lives in California with his wife Anntionette. They have two children and two grandchildren. He has been an active private pilot for many years and is an avid amateur photographer and videographer. He travels extensively, both for business and pleasure.