A co-founder of UK additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has been named as one of Ireland's greatest inventors. Sir David McMurtry, who was born in Dublin, was featured on a podcast by Irish broadcaster RTÉ.

He moved to the UK at 18 to become an apprentice for Bristol Aero Engines that ultimately became Rolls-Royce, and progressed to become the company's youngest ever assistant chief of engine design, named as an inventor or co-inventor on 47 patents.

Following this invention, Renishaw was co-founded in 1973 by Sir David and his colleague John Deer. Sir David is currently the executive chairman of Renishaw and holds responsibility for group innovation and product strategy.

‘Sir David's achievements are a real inspiration,’ said Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw. ‘His name is now featured on around 200 patents at Renishaw and his dedication to innovation is one of the reasons why we place so much value on the research and development (R&D) of future technologies.’

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