Prof. Jean Pierre Kruth is emeritus full professor at the University of Leuven, where he has been responsible for production engineering research and education. His activities have involved CAD/CAPP/CAM, production processes, metal cutting, sheet metal production, non-traditional machining (EDM and laser machining), rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing (3D printing), dimensional metrology, quality control and reverse engineering. After his PhD (1979), he worked at the Institut Technologi Bandung (ITB, Indonesia) till 1982. He later became research engineer at the Scientific and Technical Center of the Belgian Metalworking Industry (CRIF/WTCM/Sirris) and half-time consulting engineer at the national ‘Stand-by CAD/CAM’ service for industry (IWONL), until being nominate full-time at KU Leuven in 1987. He is a fellow member of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering) and of SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, USA). He was founding board member of the companies Materialise (1990), Metris (1995, now Nikon Metrology) and LayerWise (2008, now 3D Systems/LayerWise).
Prof. Kruth was awarded among others the ‘F.W. Taylor Medal’ (CIRP), the ‘Knight of the Laser Technology’ award (Erlangen, D), the ‘Industrial and Academic Career Award in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping’ (Leiria, Portugal) and FAME award (Austin, USA), the SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award (USA). He is Laureate of the US Franklin Institute (Bower Award 2015), thereby joining a 190-year list of prestigious laureates including Edison, Bell, Curie, Einstein.