Holmes Chapel student Josh Mitchell has won the UK Young Engineer of the Year title at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition.
He won the prize for developing an affordable 3D printer prototype called The Plybot. The printer was created for a fraction of the cost of a commercial model at just £49, easy to assemble at home without compromising on print quality.
Josh won £2,000 in prize money as well as a trophy and certificate. He has also been approached to launch the product to the mass market.
Over 500 finalists were in the competition, with 10 shortlisted to a Dragon’s Den-style pitch at The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The event aims to inspire young people to consider a STEM career.
Mark Titterington, chief executive of Engineering UK, which organises the Big Bang Competition said: “The winner stunned judges with the insight, creativity and hard work that went into their brilliant entry.
“This innovative project was an extremely impressive piece of engineering that makes Josh a worthy winner of this year’s award.”
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