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Josh Mitchell

Age: 18

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

UK Young Engineer of the Year 2018 - The PlyBot - A £50 Flatpack 3D Printer

Josh Mitchell, 18, has been awarded the UK Young Engineer of the Year title at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition, for his ground-breaking project that centres the development of an affordable 3D printer prototype called ‘The Plybot’. In his project, Josh aimed to prove that it was possible to build a 3D printer for a fraction of the commercial cost, which was easy to assemble at home and didn’t compromise on print quality. His final creation, which fits inside two 13-inch pizza boxes (unassembled), snaps together using just 18 bolts and produces print-quality that was indistinguishable from commercial printers, costs £49.