International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

November 3-9, 2017
November 5-8, 2017

Speakers - Opening Keynote


Charles W. Hull

Charles W. Hull
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
3D Systems

"Then and Now: What It Takes to Innovate"

Chuck Hull will take the audience through a historical journey of additive manufacturing and then set the stage for where the industry is headed by discussing innovative trends such as the shift to making 3D production real; precision metals in industries like aerospace and medical device manufacturing; and the future of impacting humanity with applications like bio printing.

Learn more about Chuck...

Chuck is the inventor of the solid imaging process known as stereolithography, the first commercial 3D printing technology. 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, on-demand parts manufacturing services and digital design tools. He is a named inventor on 85 U.S. patents, plus numerous other patents around the world in the fields of ion optics and 3D printing.

In 2014, Chuck was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for his globally impactful and transformative work inventing and pioneering 3D printing. The same year, Chuck was the recipient of the European Patent Office's prestigious European Inventor Award in the non-European countries category for his contributions to technological progress and the advancement of society. In 2016, he received the Manufacturing Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award from Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, and ASME honored Chuck and named the SLA-1, the first commercial 3D printer, a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. He also received The Economist's prestigious 2013 Innovation Award, recognizing significant contributions across the fields of science and technology.

Prior to founding 3D Systems, Chuck served six years as vice president of engineering at UVP, Inc. in San Gabriel, Calif., 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 bachelor's degree 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.