Hall of Fame

A key aspect of the TCT Awards is the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognises those members of the 3D technologies industry who have dedicated a lifetime of research, development, innovation and promotions of the technologies that have created and perpetuated dozens of new industries. Inclusion is based on strict criteria outlined by the TCT Expert Advisory Board which is comprised of leading industry experts, innovators and members of the TCT Group. The final vote will be open to the TCT Community.

The public vote for the 2018 TCT Hall of Fame inductees is now open – cast your vote now!


Hall of Fame Members

At the Inaugural TCT Awards in 2017, five key industry figures were inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Scott Crump

INVENTOR OF FUSED DEPOSITION MODELLING

Ask a member of the public what they know about 3D printing, and the chances are they will describe the process that Scott Crump patented in 1989. Since then the FDM process has developed into a true industrial AM process, and is also the basis for the ‘desktop revolution’ of the last few years. In this regard, Scott’s invention lead both the first and second waves of AM adoption, and continues to develop into new niches today. Stratasys, the company Scott founded with wife Lisa, is today one of the largest machine and service providers for AM globally.

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Hans Langer

FOUNDER OF EOS AND SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Dr. Hans Langer founded EOS in 1989 after a successful career in the laser industry. Now employing more than 1,000 people, EOS has become one of the leading companies spanning both polymer and metals AM processes. Hans is also active in leadership of a portfolio of more than 20 companies including SCANLAB Gmbh, a leading laser technology provider that powers much of the metal AM technology on the market today. Working hand-in-hand with users, Hans has been instrumental in driving developments across technologies, including pioneering metal laser melting.

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Chuck Hull

INVENTOR OF THE STEREOLITHOGRAPHY PROCESS

By many measures, Chuck Hull can rightly call himself the ‘father of 3D printing’ — his patent for stereolithography is one of the earliest recorded for the technologies as we recognise them today and the company he founded, 3D Systems, has been at the forefront of additive technologies since 1986. Still an active leader and inventor within 3D Systems, Chuck continues to impact the industry he was instrumental in creating.

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Adrian Bowyer

FOUNDER OF THE REPRAP PROJECT

The former Bath University academic, mathematician and author was the instigator of the Replicating Rapid Prototyper project — better known as RepRap — which was the driving force behind the rapid spread of 3D printing from the industrial to consumer audiences. RepRap kicked off a movement that threw 3D printing into the popular consciousness like no other. Without RepRap, it’s unlikely we would have had the mass media coverage that inspired boards globally to explore new manufacturing technologies (and listen to their engineers!).

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Wilfried Vancraen

FOUNDER OF MATERIALISE

Wilfried ‘Fried’ Vancraen founded Materialise in 1990 and continues to lead the company today. From humble origins as the first rapid prototyping bureau in the Benelux region, Materialise is now a global, publicly listed company with more than a thousand employees globally. The company is now as well-known for it’s software solutions and biomedical applications expertise as for it’s work as both an industry- and consumer-facing bureau service. Fried’s mission is to build a better and healthier world through AM.

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