Next month 3D Printing Industry will host the 1st Annual 3D Printing Industry Awards. Last year, we invited our readers to nominate the enterprises, advances and people who make the world of 3D printing such an incredible place.

The response was outstanding. After counting the nominations, we drew up shortlists and opened voting.

On 20th May, the winners of each of the 20 categories will be announced. We will announce the results at our awards ceremony in central London. The winners, as chosen by you, will each receive a 3D printed metal trophy.

If you want to attend the 3D Printing Industry Awards then register for tickets using this form, or contact us directly.

Categories in the 3D Printing Industry Awards range from the best desktop 3D printer, the best 3D scanner, best 3D printing material and many more. In this article we take a look at the shortlist for the 3D Printing Industry Personal 3D Printing Company of the Year.

The 3D Printing Industry Awards 2017: 3D Printing OEM of the Year – Personal

Prusa Research

Since 2009 Prusa Research founder, Josef Průša has worked on the RepRap project. As a core developer his contributions to the project include a PCB heated bed and work on numerous 3D printers. So far the Prusa Mendel, Prusa Mendel i2,  Prusa i3 and Prusa i3 MK2 have been released.

In 2016, the Prusa i3 became the most used 3D printer in the world. Also, Josef Průša has received recognition from the governor of the Czech Republic’s Vysočina Region and was featured on the cover of the Czech Republic edition of Forbes magazine.

Recently Josef Průša told 3D Printing Industry how he remains committed to the Open Hardware movement.

The Prusa Research team. Photo via Prusa Research,

The Prusa Research team. Photo via Prusa Research,

Vote for Prusa Research as the Best Personal 3D Printing OEM of 2017.

Ultimaker BV

Founded in 2011 by Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn and Siert Wijnia, Netherlands based Ultimaker now has a global reach. From running early workshops to build RepRap 3D printers, Ultimaker has released 6 desktop 3D printers. Ultimaker 3D printers are used across the 3D printing world, from makers to enterprises making bionic arms.

The most recent Ultimaker 3D printers, the Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 Extended were released in October 2016 and feature dual extrusion and easily swappable print heads.

Ultimaker state their mission as, “to empower and inspire people around the world by developing open source 3D printers and tools.”

The Ultimaker 3. Photo by Michael Petch

The Ultimaker 3. Photo by Michael Petch

Vote for Ultimaker as the Best Personal 3D Printing OEM of 2017.

BCN3D Technologies

BCN3D’s founder and CEO Roger Uceda has led the company from its origins in a university 3D printing research lab to a growing 3D printing business.

The company emerged from Fundació CIM, a nonprofit Technological Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Fundació CIM’s goal is the creation and transfer of technology to society through teaching.

BCN3D recently released an update to their Sigma 3D printer. The Sigma is known for its independent dual extruder system (IDEX), which works with multi-materials, multi-colors and simultaneous support printing. The Spanish manufacturer also offers a delta 3D printer and an open source modular machine.

BCN3D Technologies want to “change the way the world is made,” and “offer to society the possibility of having access to digital manufacturing technologies, including them as an active asset.”

The Sigma R17 from BCN3D. Photo via BCN3D.

The Sigma R17 from BCN3D. Photo via BCN3D.

Vote for BCN3D Technologies as the Best Personal 3D Printing OEM of 2017.

HyVISION SYSTEM Inc. (Cubicon)

Readers of 3D Printing Industry will be familiar with Korea’s status as a hub of 3D printing activity. Founded in 2002, HyVISION SYSTEM moved into the 3D printing market in 2014. Since then the company’s Cubicon range have become popular with users due to features such as patented auto bed levelling, a heated build chamber and convention to ensure consistant temperature during operation.

During an interview with 3D Printing Industry, HyVISION SYSTEM told us how 70%  the company’s employees are engineers.

The company says, “by working together, we can evolve faster in more intriguing ways.

A few of the HyVISION SYSTEMS team. Photo via HyVISION SYSTEMS

A few of the HyVISION SYSTEMS team. Photo via HyVISION SYSTEMS

Vote for HyVISION SYSTEM as the Best Personal 3D Printing OEM of 2017.

Vote now in the 1st Annual 3D Printing Industry Awards

Let us know which of these 4 companies should receive the award for the Personal 3D Printing Company of the Year. Or, if you think another company should get the award, then use the “wildcard” space on the voting form to tell us.

You can make your vote for the 1st Annual 3D Printing Industry Awards here. Tickets are going fast, but you can still reserve your place at the awards here.

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