Professor Jean-Pierre Kruth of the University of Leuven in Belgium has been awarded for his long-term work in additive manufacturing, or as we call it, 3D printing.
The award is specifically the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science in Mechanical Engineering. The award’s citation says:
For his pioneering research in additive manufacturing (3D printing), which led to many technological innovations and several global companies. His work has inspired further research, enabled the creation of many patents, and built the foundation for others’ businesses.
The prize, awarded by the Franklin Institute of the USA, comes with a USD$250,000 cash prize. The University of Leuven says:
Professor Kruth leads a team of engineers at KU Leuven’s Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation Section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has been at the forefront of research in additive manufacturing (AM) since it emerged in the 1990s.
Among the companies to benefit from Professor Kruth’s innovations are the KU Leuven spin-offs Materialise and LayerWise.
Who themselves have inspired the creation of multiple 3D print-related companies in the region.
Our thanks to Professor Kruth!