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2019 Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers): the Wildcard Update

Last month, we announced the shortlists for the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards.

Many leading names made the list however, as always, we have left some room for potential Wildcards to enter the mix.

How does this work? Each category on the shortlist contains an “Other” option, allowing you to enter a contender that you think has been overlooked. Encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same, and you could still be in with a chance of winning this year’s awards (each “Other” entry is counted as a vote.)

Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers) is an exceedingly competitive category. 2018’s winner was the Markforged Mark 2, and, in 2017 when the category was split in two, another trophy was taken by the Mark 2, alongside the 3D Systems ProJet MJP 2500 using binder jet technology.

Already for 2019, machines from 3D Systems, BigRep, EOS, HP, INTAMSYS, Markforged, Roboze, RPS, Sintratec and Stratasys are open to the public vote. But you, our readers, have submitted many more for consideration. Unlike the published shortlist, the Wildcard entries are constantly changing. Here we have an update of some of the current late entries for 2019 Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers).

High temperature FFF 3D printers

Much of the Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers) Wildcard list this year has been populated by high temperature FFF systems. Built to work with high performance polymers, such HIPS, PEEK and ULTEM, these 3D printers are typically capable of extruding at temperatures within the region of 350 to 450 °C.

Falling into this bracket for Wildcard nominations, we have: AON3D AON-M2, Strateo3D’s eMotion Tech, the Essentium HSE 180, HMS434 from Hybrid AM Systems and the miniFactory ULTRA.

3D printed PEKK component of the miniFactory ULTRA. Photo via miniFactory
3D printed PEKK component of the miniFactory ULTRA. Photo via miniFactory

Extra SLA’s including new releases

In light of a number of recent releases, other polymer 3D printers to be nominated during the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards voting period fall into vat polymerization technology.

In addition to it nomination for the Figure 4, 3D Systems has earned an entry for the ProX 800.

Though nominated elsewhere, in Consumer Product of the year for its Riddell collaboration, Carbon is notably missing from the Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers) category. As such, the company has earned nominations for its M2, and the recently released L1 CLIP 3D printers.

Again nominated in another category, for application rather than hardware, Italian 3D printer OEM DWS has had its X Pro S system nominated for Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers).

The Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond helmet posed on the Carbon L1 3D printer. Photo via Carbon
The Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond helmet posed on the Carbon L1 3D printer. Photo via Carbon

Industrial selective laser sintering systems

Of course, a polymer category wouldn’t be complete without SLS nominations too.

Following its release in Summer 2018 the HT1001P from Farsoon Technologies has received a late entry.

Complimenting the P 500 that is open to public voting in this category, EOS has also had its P 400 system entered as a Wildcard.

Completing the “Other” submissions for present SLS enterprises are the Ricoh AM S5500P and the Natural Robotics VIT, a syste4m funded in 30 minutes on Kickstarter.

Large format and colorful enterprise 3D printers

Of course submissions are also open outside the various technologies listed above. Currently, technologies that fall outside these brackets for this category include the large format FFF Delta WASP 4070 Industrial and 3MT from Italy’s WASP.

There is also the impressive full color Mimaki 3DUJ-553.

Full color samples from Mimaki's 3DUJ-553 3D printer seen at formnext 2017. Photo by Michael Petch
Full color samples from Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 3D printer seen at formnext 2017. Photo by Michael Petch

Get involved in the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards

Whether you or your standout developments have been nominated or not for this year’s 3D Printing Industry Awards, there is still time to get involved.

Decide this year’s winner by voting now or submitting in the “Other” entry. Looking to attend this year’s event in London on 6th June? Contact us to book your tickets.

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Featured image shows Sruthi Venkatest’s 3D Printing Industry Awards 2018 trophy winning competition entry.