3D printing pioneer stunned by medical uses

Chuck Hull, who entered the US Inventors Hall of Fame last month and who is credited with
pioneering 3D printing, has expressed surprise at the growth in medical uses
for the technology.

Speaking to Information Week, Hull said the medical uses additive manufacturing was being put
to were “just amazing to me.”

“Healthcare
has been one of our fastest-growing areas.”

Hull, who
invented stereolithography in 1984 and patented it in 1986, is also credited
with inventing the .stl file format, which has aided in democratising the
technology.

According
to Visiongain research, healthcare will comprise $US 4 billion in investment in
the technology by 2018.

He cited
dentistry applications as one area where 3D printing has been revolutionary,
though was first struck by the technology being used in surgery modelling for
conjoined twins.

“That’s
a very successful surgery now, with detailed planning,” he told Information
Week
.

“That impressed me. It showed me the potential of some of the
medical applications.”

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