The 3D Printing Industry Awards winners were announced last night at our annual event.
This year, the 3D Printing Industry Awards has returned in a digital format to highlight and champion the outstanding individuals, enterprises, and applications across our industry.
Voted for by our readers, the 3D Printing Industry Awards seeks to recognize the best 3D printing hardware, software, and material developments, as well as the individual people and firms that have truly excelled over the last 12 months. As ever, this year’s awards were hotly-contested, with more than 150,000 votes being cast on our shortlists.
Held digitally, this year’s event saw over 2,000 people tune in to a live stream of the awards on the 3D Printing Industry YouTube channel.
Below you can find out who won and what the winners of the 2022 3D Printing Industry Awards have had to say to our readers. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, and thanks to all those who voted. Soon, you will also be able to watch the 2022 3D Printing Industry Awards replay by heading to our YouTube channel – make sure to subscribe.
We’ll be updating this article with comments from the winners as they come, so make sure you check back.
Community Advocate of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER: 3D Printing Industry Awards Community Advocate of the Year: Matt Stultz, Community Manager, Prusa 3D
Matt Stultz said, “I can’t thank the community enough for this award. I was grateful just to be nominated and in such a who’s who of characters in this field, I’m shocked to have won. I see this win as being a statement of how strong our community is and that anyone who creates an environment that welcomes and supports all, will be embraced. Without this community, I would just be some crazy guy ranting about how Digital Fabrication can make the world a better place. Thank you!”
Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing Award – Shortlist
GreenGate3D’s recycled filament
Polymaker’s cardboard spools
Prusament’s recycled PLA / PETG
XYZ Printing’s recycling of MJF/EOS waste powder
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing: MolyWorks
MolyWorks Founder Chris Eonta said: “We want to thank our customers for considering sustainability as part of the buying decision. We are pleased to enable the circular economy for metals.”
Aerospace, Automotive or Energy Application of the Year – Shortlist
Airgility Inc (Aerospace – Aerial Robotics)
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Aerospace, Automotive or Energy Application of the Year:
3D Systems & Fleet Space Technologies’ RF patch antennas
Mike Shepard, vice president, aerospace & defense segment, 3D Systems said,“The 3D Systems/Fleet Space team is very grateful to the 3D Printing Industry community for the recognition. It’s been a wonderful collaboration with the team at Fleet Space and we were excited to support them using our direct metal printing technology to scale up production of their patch antenna design for their new constellation of small satellites. The combination of Fleet Space Technologies’ unique RF patch antenna design along with the expertise of 3D Systems’ AIG allowed us to move from Fleet Space’s existing design to small batch production in just three weeks.”
Medical, Dental, or Healthcare Application of the Year – Shortlist
Shanghai 9th Hospital and LuxCreo’s 3D Printed Medical Pillow
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Medical, Dental or Healthcare Application of the Year: 3D Systems’ VSP Bolus
Menno Ellis, EVP, Healthcare Solutions, 3D Systems said, “3D Systems is grateful for receiving the 2022 3D Printing Industry Award for Medical, Dental or Healthcare application for our VSP ® Bolus solution. It’s an application space that we’re very passionate about. Unfortunately, given the prevalence of cancer we probably all have somebody among our friends and family that is or has undergone treatment. While radiotherapy has become recognized as a common course of treatment for cancer diagnoses, each case is as unique as each patient. Blending the experience of our biomedical engineers, our biocompatible materials, 3D printing technology, and best-in-class digital workflows, we are able to both design and produce patient-specific devices to help improve the delivery of radiotherapy treatment. This helps improve the patient experience, and also saves the clinics valuable resources so they can take care of more patients.”
Academic, Research Team, or Project of the Year – Shortlist
Jennifer Lewis and the Lewis Lab at Harvard University
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Academic, Research Team, or Project of the Year: Manchester Metropolitan University’s PrintCity project
“The entire PrintCity team is delighted to have won this award, we would like to congratulate our fellow nominees and look forward to possible collaborations in the future to push the boundaries of the additive manufacturing sector. PrintCity was founded in 2018 with 1 person and 5 printers, we now have over 20 members of staff and 60+ printers, and this award is a testament to the dedication and innovative work of the entire team in the areas of education, research, knowledge exchange, and outreach. As we move forward, we will continue to focus on our sustainability work related to producing recycled filament and sustainable 3D printing with Concrete, investing in equipment to support industry around the adoption of 3D printing, supporting upskilling, and recruiting onto our MSc in Digital Design and Manufacturing. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for us, we see this as an endorsement of their positive experience through their engagement with us. We look forward to seeing everyone in person at next year’s in-person awards ceremony. Wishing everyone a peaceful Christmas break and a successful 2023,” said Dr Carl Diver, Director PrintCity.
Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year Award (Metals) – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year Award (Metals): SLM Solutions’ NXG XII 600
“We are honoured to receive the award for Enterprise 3D printer of the year, it is through the close collaboration of trusted partners and the hard work of the SLM Solutions team that we have been able to achieve such heights, and we are committed to further redefining manufacturing as a whole with our technology. As always, our mission is to empower yours,” said Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions.
Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers) – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers): The HP Jet Fusion 5200
“Thank you so much to 3DPI and the voters for the recognition of our HP Jet Fusion 5200 as the Enterprise 3D Printer of the year for Polymers! This award comes in a time where we just announced our milestone of 170 Million 3D Printed parts produced with the MJF technology, so we could not be prouder. We are working hard every day to create the best systems to help our customers around the world to scale their production.
Of course this would not happen without all the other players in the industry, who constantly push us to innovate and together, we are pushing the industry further. We believe that 3D printing is changing the world and we could not be prouder to work in this industry,” said François Minec, Global Head 3D Polymers at HP.
Value-added Reseller of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Value-added Reseller of the Year: Repkord
“It has been our absolute pleasure to serve the 3D Printing community for nearly seven years now. Our path towards growth hasn’t always gone smoothly but we are constantly inspired to improve by all those choosing to spend their hard earned money with us. We look forward to continuing to serve this amazing family we share our special maker bond with. Thank you for believing in us, we are humbled to have your both your votes for this award as well as your continued business and support.” said, Alan “Pooch” Puccinelli, Founder of Repkord.
3D Scanning or Metrology Company of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards 3D Scanning or Metrology Company of the Year: Creaform
Innovation of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Innovation of the Year: Void-free PEEK printing by Bond3D
Creative Use of 3D Printing – Shortlist
The lab-on-a-chip technology developed at the Viterbi School of Engineering
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Creative Use of 3D Printing: Czinger Vehicles’ 21C hypercar
Ewan Baldry, Chief Engineer, Czinger Vehicles said, “We at Czinger are very pleased and proud to have received the award for the Most Creative Use of 3D Printing in the 3DPI awards. In close association with our parent company, Divergent, we are confident that we are at the forefront of 3D printing technology and its application to the automotive sector. Indeed, the technology has enabled us to become very creative in the interests of light-weighting and manufacturing efficiency with what we believe to include many “world’s firsts” for a production car. We thank 3DPI for running the awards and, of course, all our supporters who voted for us.”
Software Tool or Company of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Software Tool or Company of the Year: Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software
“The entire Autodesk Fusion 360 team is honored and humbled to have won 3D Printing Industry’s 2022 Software Tool of the Year award,” said Sualp Ozel, senior product manager at Autodesk. “We deeply appreciate that so many of you voted for us, which we take as evidence that you love what we do for 3D printing design, simulation, and manufacturing. In the months and years ahead, count on Fusion 360’s connected ecosystem to continue pushing the boundaries of design for additive manufacturing workflows.”
Material Company of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Material Company of the Year: Polymaker
Company of the Year (Enterprise) – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Company of the Year (Enterprise): Vision Miner
Company of the Year (Personal) – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Company of the Year (Personal): Rat Rig
In a social post, Rat Rig said: “We’d like to thank the organisers of the event, all the voters who supported us, our partners and suppliers who did the impossible through these very challenging times, and the incredible Rat Rig team with its unwavering dedication through thick and thin. A very special thank you to our Dev team and to all our alpha and beta testers, who keep our standards as high as they can be.”
“We would like to dedicate this award to the Rat Rig 3D Printer Community (Rat Rig V-Core / V-Cast / V-Minion), who has guided the path since the very beginning, this award is thanks to you and for you!”
Start-up of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Start-up of the Year: Rivelin Robotics
Robert J. Bush, Founder and CEO of Rivelin Robotics said: “Rivelin’s team still can’t quite believe we won Startup of the year — the readers of 3D Printing Industry must also feel the pain of post-processing metal and want to let a robot do it!”
“A big thank you to all the voters and we promise to relentlessly push the boundaries of robotics in pursuit of autonomous metal post processing.”
3D Printing for a Better World – Shortlist
The AM Program for underprivileged kids in rural China by LuxCreo
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards 3D Printing for a Better World: Together We Are Strong – Industry wide initiative for Ukraine
Desktop non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Desktop non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year: Anycubic’s Photon D2
Commenting on the win, Anycubic said, “Thank you, it’s such an honor to be given the 3D Printing Industry Award for the Anycubic Photon D2. As many will know, DLP technology is rarely used in a consumer-level 3D printer. The Anycubic Photon D2 just serves as a good example of our ambitions to enrich users’ experiences with the most advanced technology, even when on a budget.”
“Thank you for all the support and acknowledgement. There is more to come!”
Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year – Shortlist
WINNER 3D Printing Industry Awards Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year: The Original Prusa i3 MK3S+
Outstanding Contribution to 3D Printing: Sanjay Mortimer 1989 -2021
Last year the 3D Printing community lost a wonderful person, Sanjay Mortimer, co-founder of E3D Online. Our committee unanimously agreed that this year’s Outstanding Contribution to 3D Printing should recognize Sanjay’s work.
As we wrote at the time, “Sanjay was an incredibly well-loved, and inspirational leader who, together with his friends and fellow E3D Online founders David Lamb and Joshua Rowley transformed their hobby into a global enterprise. In the process, he helped create a community that strives to advance 3D printing and is spirited in sharing knowledge.
Instantly familiar to anyone in our industry, Sanjay had spent the past decade tirelessly committed to his vision of changing the way humanity manufactures goods. He was always approachable at trade shows, and I was fortunate enough to spend time with him over the years at trade shows, at formal dinners, and more relaxed lunches.
Sanjay’s passion was clear to anyone who had the privilege to meet him. With an early career in teaching, meeting co-founder David on a training course, Sanjay never ceased to take the time to explain and share technology with others. Not only is his legacy in the company he founded, the HotEnds he developed, but also in each of the individuals he inspired to learn more or take an active role in our community.”
Read more about the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation here.
A replay of the live stream of the 2022 3D Printing Industry Awards is available to watch via our YouTube channel. This year funds raised from the awards will be donated to the prosthetic 3D printing initiative 3D Sierra Leone.
Well done once again to all of the winners and nominees, we look forward to welcoming you to next year’s event. Dates to be announced – subscribe to the newsletter if you want to be the first to know.
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