2019 3D Printing Industry Awards update Your Choice of Category

Nominations for the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards are closing soon. Already on track to beat last year’s list of nominations, we still want to hear from you about your award winning 3D printers, applications, materials and more, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to get your voice heard.

In this update we’re taking into account the people’s choice for categories that you want to see recognised at this years Awards night in June.

An eclectic mix of suggestions, this field of the nominations form pinpoints everything from more specific materials categories, to awards for resellers, and requests to bring back some categories from previous years.

All ideas are welcome, so please submit your suggestions now for consideration before voting opens in March.

The 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards.
Presentation of last year’s 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards.

Value Added Reseller/Customer Service of the Year 

Based on demand from the nominations form and speaking with companies in our network, one of the standout suggested categories so far is an award for Value Added Reseller of the Year.

In addition to sale of machines, materials and 3D printer accessories, companies that fall into this category offer their customers a great deal of support throughout the technology’s application, even providing bespoke consultancy services.

Some potential contenders include the Ripon headquartered GoPrint3D, Reading’s CREAT3D and Laser Lines, which recently became a certified training provider for Stratasys.

In addition to Value Added Reseller, readers have also submitted a suggestion for Customer Service Provider of the Year, extending across all companies that go the extra mile for their clients.

Does your company fit this brief? To make your nominations now prefix the company name with “Value Added Reseller of the Year” or “Customer Service” in Your Choice of Category.

Training certificates from the Stratasys Academy. Photo via Laser Lines.
Training certificates from the Stratasys Academy. Photo via Laser Lines.

Weirdest, most impressive, and support-free 3D printing applications

Though the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards already has categories supporting Medical, Dental or Healthcare Application of the Year, Creative Application of the Year, and Aerospace or Automotive Application of the Year, some readers still have a penchant for some of the most impressive, strange and gravity defying uses outside of these industries.

Indeed, this year we have already seen a number applications that break the mold – most recently, German industrial 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet unveiled its case study with Kirloskar Brothers Limited that made casts for a 3.2 ton Pelton Runner.

From the weird and wonderful, there is also the 3D printed arms of Boston Dynamics’ Spot Mini robot and, potentially, the creepy crawlies exhibited at Japan House in January.

In addition, it has been suggested that we take a look at outstanding intellectual property safeguard applications such as, potentially, blockchain type security systems for 3D printers, and the integration of quantum dots.

If there is a specific Application of the Year category you would like to see at this year’s 2019 3D Printing Awards, send us your suggestions here.

Complete steel-cast Pelton Runner made using voxeljet 3D printed molds. Photo via voxeljet
Complete steel-cast Pelton Runner made using voxeljet 3D printed molds. Photo via voxeljet

Get involved

Voting for the nominated business and individuals will open on March 1, 2019, and will run through May. When the public vote is counted, winners will be presented with their awards at our annual gala dinner taking place on Thursday, June 5, 2019 – save the date!

Get involved with the 2019 3D Printing Awards this year, either by contacting us or spreading the word to your network using #3DPIAwards.

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Featured image shows Fried Vancraen, Materialise founder and CEO at the 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards. Photo by Michael Petch.