Scott Crump has been inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame (MIHF), a shrine to those Minnesotans who have succeeded in changing the world with their creations.
The Stratasys Chairman was handed this honour for his invention of fused deposition modeling (FDM), the 3D printing technology at the heart of the company, which Crump founded with his wife Lisa in 1989. Crump now joins the likes of Arthur L. Fry, the inventor of the Post-it note, and Richard G. Drew, the father of Scotch adhesive tape, as one of Minnesota's most famous sons.
Stratasys has been a leader in 3D printing technology for decades and has developed successful ranges of systems and services to appeal to a wide range of customers, from industrial users to makers.
Crump's invention has helped to shape the 3D printing industry into the rapidly growing and exciting arena it has grown into. Crump was Chairman and CEO of Stratasys until December 2012, when the company merged with Objet and since then he has been Chief Innovation Officer and Chairman of the merged companies.
Secretary and Custodian of Records for the MIHF Raymond Walz stated: "We are honoured to welcome Mr Crump. It is fitting that such an innovative and highly successful inventor was nominated and selected to be inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame."
The induction ceremony took place at the 57th annual Minnesota Inventors Congress on May 2nd 2014 in Minneapolis. The MIHF is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation. Its volunteer Board of Directors includes inventors, patent lawyers, members of the scientific community and the public.
The Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to honor inventors generally and to draw attention to the economic and social importance of their contributions to society. The organization identifies Minnesotans who have made significant contributions through their inventions. The overall impact of the inventor's work is a more important consideration than the impact of a single invention.