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Josh Mitchell

Age: 18

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

UK Young Engineer of the Year 2018 - The PlyBot, a cheap flatpack 3D printer

Josh Mitchell was awarded the UK Young Engineer of the Year title 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.

: How does it feel to have won?

Josh Mitchell: “The Big Bang Competition has been brilliant. I’m delighted to have won and I hope the success continues into my Kickstarter campaign for The Plybot to get these low cost 3D printers into people’s hands.”