2019 Desktop FFF 3D printer of the Year: the Wildcard Update

Looking for the best 3D printers on the market? This year’s nominees for the 2019 Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year Award, and the subsequent Wildcard mentions, are the perfect place to start.

From the many FFF 3D printers out there on the market, our readers recently selected their top ten desktop 3D printers in the largest public survey of the 3D printing industry.

In case you haven’t checked the shortlist and voted yet, this year’s top ten are: the 3DGence Double P255, BCN3D Technologies’ Sigmax R19, the Biqu Magician, Creality CR-10, MakerBot Method, Raise3D Pro2, Sindoh 3DWOX 1, Ultimaker S5, Zmorph-VX and the Zortrax M200.

In the interest of fairness, though the shortlist remains final, every year we leave each category open to Other submissions for any names you think have been overlooked. Here, in our Wildcard Updates, 3D Printing Industry releases some of the Other entries we’ve received so far to help drive the competition. This means that anyone could win a 3D Printing Industry Award.

Josef Prusa, founder and CEO of Prusa Research.
Josef Prusa, founder and CEO of 2018 Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year Award winner Prusa Research.

DIY 3D printers for Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year

A subset within the Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year are those that can be classed as RepRap machines and/or require full/partial assembly. In 2018, the Original Prusa i3 MK3, a RepRap machine that also comes in kit form, took home the trophy for Desktop FFF 3D printer of the Year. The i3 MK3 has this time received a number of nominations for the 2019 awards.

Already on the 2019 shortlist is Creality and the company has received further votes for its Ender 3 and Ender 5 models. Fellow Shenzhen-based OEM Anycubic has been mentioned with the Chiron and i3 MEGA, and French 3D printer provider and reseller Dagoma has had its Disco Ultimate and Discoeasy 200 kits voted by readers.

The B2X300 kit from Portuguese 3D printer manufacturer BEEVERYCREATIVE has been named as a Wildcard, as has the Hephestos 2 from Spanish electronics developer BQ, and the Evy from French 3D printer development startup TiZYX.

Other Wildcard mentions for the 2019 Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year include the Anet A8, Alfawise U20, the Lulzbot TAZ 6, the Project R3D Railcore II 300ZL kit and Tevo’s Black Widow.

The LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer. Photo via LulzBot.
The LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer – Wildcard entry for the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards. Photo via LulzBot.

Ready-made 3D printers for Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year

Moving on to the ready-made systems, and some companies with Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year nominations are also being recognized for their ability to produce for the desktop.

With multiple 3D printers submitted for consideration are CraftUnique (the Craftbot 3 and XL), Dremel (Digilab 3D45 and 3D40 models) FelixPrinters (the 3L and Pro 2) and WASP (The 2040, and 2040 Turbo 2).

Further 3D printers voted under Other so far include Cincinatti Incorporated’s SAAM, the SeeMeCNC Artemis, Tiertime’s UP 300, Robo 3D’s R2, the Dood 3D printer, Kora PRO, Cetus3D’s MK3, and the Dicey Tech QB made specially for education.

Have your say in the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards

If your desktop 3D printer of the year isn’t already mentioned here, now is the time to get involved and submit your Wildcard entry for the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards. You can also use this form to vote across all 20 categories.

If you are interested in attending this year’s event, on Thursday June 6, 2019 please contact us for the final remaining tickets.

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Featured image shows the Original Prusa i3 MK3 with Multi Material Upgrade – winner of the 2018 Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year. Image via Prusa3d