A HIGH school teacher from Bury is aiming to become the UK’s number one teacher of 3D printing.

Philip Cotton, aged 31, who teaches design and technology at Ladybridge High School in Deane, Bolton, has introduced 3D printers to help pupils improve their technology skills and job prospects.

He is the only teacher in the UK to be nominated for the 3D Printshow Educational Excellence Award.

Mr Cotton will find out if he has won on Thursday, November 7.

He said: “It would mean everything if I won — it would be one of the highlights of my career.The whole school has got behind me, and all the teachers have voted.”

Mr Cotton was shortlisted after producing an essay on why he should receive an award. He is up against four other candidates.

3D printing is making a big impact on technology, with printers priced at about £1,000. All different kinds of objects can be produced, using a process whereby the printer prints layers, gradually building up the object.

Mr Cotton said: “3D printing is the future of technology, no doubt about it. You’re creating a project there and then with your own eyes, it’s absolutely mesmerising. In 10 years, most households will have a 3D printer.”

Voting for the award closes on Thursday, October 31. Visit the 3D Printshow website.