HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh Gets to Grips with 3D Printing

On Tuesday last, HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was the guest of honour at an event celebrating the renaming of the Royal Academy of Engineering and opening of the building. John Burn Ltd, UK & Ireland distributors for EnvisionTEC 3D printing technologies was also invited to attend this royal event that saw the newly renovated ’Forum for Engineering’ being renamed Prince Philip House, in honour of its Senior Fellow, The Duke of Edinburgh, who formally opened the building on the day.

John Burn Ltd was showcasing some of the latest 3D printing technology in a celebration of engineering innovation and The Duke discussed the principles of 3D printing with team members during the event, and was particularly interested in a question mark that had been 3D printed by the latest EnvisionTEC Micro 3D printer. The question mark was produced at the request of the Academy in recognition of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a new global engineering prize that will reward and celebrate an individual (or up to three individuals) responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity. The first winner of the £1million prize will be selected by a distinguished and eminent panel of judges from across the world and will be presented by HM the Queen in the spring of 2013.

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, commented: “As our Senior Fellow, The Duke of Edinburgh has worked tirelessly to support the Academy right from its inception as the Fellowship of Engineering, which he was instrumental in creating in 1976. We are now a fully-fledged national Academy of some 1,500 Fellows, working in partnership with government, business, the engineering profession and our universities to promote the engineering and technological welfare of the UK.

“Prince Philip House will be a great asset for our country, providing a national platform for engineering – where we can all come together and address the issues that matter. Global issues including sustainability, skills, equality and diversity, health, water and energy supplies and, crucially, economic growth.”

John Burn Ltd reports its pride in representing the 3D printing industry at such a high profile event and recognition of the fantastic work it has been doing when it comes to supplying the engineering industry with the very latest in materials, modern process technology and high quality technical support.