Chuck Hull, inventor of 3D printing and the founder of 3D Systems, has been nominated as a finalist by the European Patent Office (EPO) in its 2014 European Inventor Award. As an American citizen, Chuck is being recognized within the Non-European category as “an outstanding inventor working outside of Europe who has been granted a European patent.” Prolific in his work, Chuck not only holds 76 US patents, but he has an additional 18 European patents and 14 Japanese patents. He is a tremendously worthy candidate and the entire team at 3D Systems is very proud of him!

In its award postings, the EPO states, "With his recent induction into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in the US, Hull, working actively as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of 3D Systems, has joined the ranks of figures such as Henry Ford and Steve Jobs. In other words: people who have made a lasting impact on humanity."

As part of the awards, everyone can vote for their favorite inventor among the finalists for 'Most Popular'. If you, like us at 3D Systems, think Chuck Hull achieved greatness with his invention, please vote now at the EPO web site.

View the EPO's video below for an insight into Chuck Hull and his work.