The Western Society of Engineers is celebrating Engineers Week (February 19 – 25, 2017) by honoring Chuck Hull (Charles W. Hull) as the 98th recipient of the Washington Award at an awards dinner on Friday, February 24. The prestigious award is conferred upon an engineer whose professional attainments have preeminently advanced the welfare of human kind.
Charles W. Hull is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of 3D Systems. As the inventor of the solid imaging process known as Stereolithography, the first commercial 3D printing technology, he is considered to be the “father” of 3D printing.
With the founding of 3D Systems in 1986, he initiated the 3D printing industry and continues to lead it today with cutting edge innovations ranging from state-of-the-art production 3D printers that have changed the game in manufacturing to precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions, ondemand parts manufacturing services and digital design tools. He is a named inventor on 85 United States patents, plus numerous other patents around the world in the fields of ion optics and 3D printing.
Prior to founding 3D Systems, Chuck served six years as vice president of engineering at UVP, Inc. in San Gabriel, California, a systems manufacturing company. Before that, he spent 10 years as an engineering manager at DuPont’s Photo Products Division, concentrating on the development of analytical equipment for chemists, including mass spectrometer and GC/MS systems. Earlier in his career he was a senior engineer at Bell & Howell. Chuck received a BS in engineering physics from the University of Colorado in 1961, an honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Loughborough University in the U.K. in 2005, and an honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Colorado in 2016.