In just over a week Chelsea Old Town Hall in London will be opening its doors to the first annual 3D Printing Industry Awards. Votes for the 73 potential winners have now exceeded 7,000, but we’re still looking for your input.

So far we have looked at 10 categories selected to recognize outstanding contribution within the industry: best enterprise 3D printerbest personal 3D printer manufacturer3D printing software of the yearenterprise additive manufacturing OEM of the year; best 3D scanner of the yearbest 3D printing startup; our popular wildcard nominations; and the 3D printing innovation of the year.

Continuing with these profiles, this article will review the variety of machines categorized in “Personal 3D printer of the year (FFF/FDM)” that have been nominated by our readers for a 3D Printing Industry Award.

The 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy designed by Morgan Morey. Left t right: 3D draft concept, 3D print in PLA, and 3D print in bronze Filamet by Virtual Foundry.

The 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy designed by Morgan Morey. Left t right: 3D draft concept, 3D print in PLA, and 3D print in bronze Filamet by Virtual Foundry.

The 3D Printing Industry Awards 2017: Personal 3D printer of the year (FFF/FDM)

MakerBot Replicator+

The Replicator+ is MakerBot’s updated model of the series, re-engineered to 3D print 30% faster than its predecessor with a 25% larger build volume at 11.6 X 7.6 X 6.5 in. (L x W x H). The 3D printer also has an onboard camera to keep an eye on builds, and USB, wi-fi and ethernet connectivity keeping set up and use as flexible as possible.

A bank of the Replicator+ installed in Rainis Secondary School No.6 in Liepāja, Latvia. Photo via MakerBot Media Center

A bank of the Replicator+ installed in Rainis Secondary School No.6 in Liepāja, Latvia. Photo via MakerBot Media Center

A bendable Flex Build Plate is the Replicator+ answer to easy objects removable at the end of a print. The plate also has Grip Surface to ensure that all important first layer gets off to a good start.

Object 3D printed in PLA on the Replicator+. Photo via MakerBot

Object 3D printed in PLA on the Replicator+. Photo via MakerBot

Vote for the MakerBot Replicator+ now as the Best Personal 3D printer of the year (FFF/FDM).

Raise N2

Based in Santa Clara, CA, Raise3D is a designer and manufacturer of FFF 3D printers. The N2 series is the company’s second generation of machines, building on the qualities of the first system and providing a bigger build volume.

Within this series, the N2 model has a total build volume of 1728 cubic inches, and prints to a layer thickness down to 10 microns.

The Raise3D N2 3D printer. Photo via Raise3D

The Raise3D N2 3D printer. Photo via Raise3D

The N2 3D printer was initially launched by the company through a Kickstarter campaign and comes with the optional addition of one extra nozzle. With the dual extruder installed, the N2 is capable of 3D printing in 2 colors and/or materials, meeting demand from 3D printer users.

Objects 3D printed on the Raise3D N2. Some with dual extrusion and soluble supports. Photo via Raise3D

Objects 3D printed on the Raise3D N2. Some with dual extrusion and soluble supports. Photo via Raise3D

Vote for the Raise N2 now as the Best Personal 3D printer of the year (FFF/FDM).

Lulzbot Mini

The Lulzbot Mini is a desktop FFF 3D printer design to fit in compact places at 6 x 6 x 6.2 in. (L x Wx H). With an open filament system and heated borosilicate glass bed the 3D printer is capable of making objects in a wide range of materials, including PLA, ABS and HIPS.

Lulzbot Mini 3D printer and the company's mascot Rocktopus Photo via Lulzbot

Lulzbot Mini 3D printer and the company’s Rocktopus mascot Photo via Lulzbot

Aleph Objects, makers of the Lulzbot series of 3D printers, is also planning to launch what it believes to be the “world’s first” Open Source Hardware ABS filament. The idea behind the material is to give people “the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs” (quote from the Open Source Hardware Statement of Principles in the IC3D white paper on the filament).

A BeQui Robot 3D printed in parts on a Luluzbot Mini 3D printer. Photo via Lulzbot

A BeQui Robot 3D printed in parts on a Luluzbot Mini 3D printer. Photo via Lulzbot

Vote for the Lulzbot Mini now as the Best Personal 3D printer of the year (FFF/FDM).

Zortrax M200

The M200 is a machine from Polish manufacturer of 3D printers and filaments Zortrax. It has a build volume of 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.08 in. (L x W x H) and the build plate is capable of heating to a maximum temperature of 110° C (230° F). The heated plate opens the printer up to a range of plastics, including Zortrax’s dedicated materials such as the translucent Z-GLASS and acid resistant Z-PETG.

The Zortrax M200 machine at RAPID + TCT. Photo via Zortrax on Facebook

The Zortrax M200 machine at RAPID + TCT. Photo via Zortrax on Facebook

As previously reported on 3D Printing Industry, the company utilized the M200 3D printer to make a superhero figure in over 200 individual parts. The 6 ft 5 in tall model raised the equivalent of $2090.65 when it was put up at auction for charity.

Zortrax 3D printing. Photo by Michael Petch.

The Zortrax 3D printed superhero. Photo by Michael Petch.

Vote for the Zortrax M200 now as the Best Personal 3D printer of the year (FFF/FDM).

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

The 3D Printing Industry Awards will be held on May 20 2017 so make sure to vote now. If you think we’re missing anybody too, you can nominate a company for each category using the Wildcard option.

There are a very limited number of tickets available for the event, you can find more information here.

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