On June 27th, 2018, Professor Chris Sutcliffe, Director of Research and Development (R&D) at Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division (AMPD) was awarded a prestigious Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE). The award recognises his role in driving the development of metal 3D printed implants for use in human and veterinary surgery.
The RAE Silver Medal is awarded to recognise an outstanding personal contribution to British engineering, which has resulted in successful market exploitation.
Chris has worked in additive manufacturing for over 20 years starting at the University of Liverpool where he worked on the first direct metal 3D printing machine in the UK.
Chris’ desire to commercialise his research work led him to join Renishaw to head up the additive manufacturing (AM) R&D activity.
A large part of his research has focussed on metal 3D printed implants for medical applications, particularly on developing porous bone-integrating implants. Sutcliffe is also the founder and Director of Fusion Implants Ltd, which produces veterinary implants using the porous bone-integrating technology.
At Renishaw, Sutcliffe runs AMPD’s work with funded projects and universities to extend R&D activities.