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The Best 3D printers of 2018? 3D Printing Industry Awards nominations update

The 3D Printing Industry Awards 2018 are once again bringing out the community votes.

Although less than a month into the process, already we’ve received well over 2,000 nominations for the best 3D printers, breakthrough 3D printing applications, 3D printing materials and software driving the industry forward.

You can make your nominations for the 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards by following the link.

The 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy was made using metal filament from The Virtual Foundry.
The 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy was made using metal filament from The Virtual Foundry.

While this is not a full list all the nominations to date, the data does make for interesting reading.

3D printing start-up of the year

So far nominations for this category include:

Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Ai Build

Authentise Inc

Cubicon

Dimension Inx

Glaze Prosthetics

Prellis Biologics

XtreeE

Desktop Metal's Tuan TranPham and 3D Printing Industry's Michael Petch at formnext 2017.
Desktop Metal’s Tuan TranPham and 3D Printing Industry’s Michael Petch at formnext 2017.

3D Printing Community Advocate or Teacher of the year

Agustin Flowalistik

3D Printing Nerd AKA Joel Telling

Thomas Sanladerer

Lauralyn McDaniel (SME MMI)

Makersmuse

Earl Miller from the Wanhao Duplicator 7 Facebook group

Aerospace or Automotive application

GE ATP

Airbus A350 XWB pylon with bracket

iGEM Calgary Astro-plastic

NASA In-Space Manufacturing Project

3D Printing Industry EIC Michael Petch stands beside Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, holding the winning 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy for Financier of the Year 2017. Photo by Beau Jackson
3D Printing Industry EIC Michael Petch stands beside Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, holding the winning 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy for Financier of the Year 2017. Photo by Beau Jackson

Medical, dental or healthcare application

E-Nable Low-Cost 3D Printed Prosthetics

EnvisionTEC E-IDB for indirect bonding trays

Glaze Prosthetics

Hyperelastic “Bone” (from Northwestern University)

University of Oxford & University of Bristol’s high-speed 3D bioprinting

Mingjing Lin and Tsai-Chun Huang 3D printed textiles made for the Beijing Opera, performed at the RCA. Photo by Michael Petch.
Mingjing Lin and Tsai-Chun Huang 3D printed textiles made for the Beijing Opera, performed at the RCA. Photo by Michael Petch.

Creative use of 3D printing

AiBuild Bottletop shop project

BAELF DESIGN

Royal College of Art/Beijing Opera Project

Stranger Things

The Bottletop store has a 3D printed mesh covered with cans. Photo by Michael Petch.
The Bottletop store has a 3D printed mesh covered with cans. Photo by Michael Petch.

Innovation of the year

Carbon & Adidas Futurecraft4D

Desktop Metal printing

FormLabs Fuse-1

Blackbelt

Pyrogenesis

3D Printing Material company of the year

BASF

ColorFabb (For nGEN Flex)

DSM Somos

Filamentive

Proto-Pasta

Reflow

Rigid.ink

3D Scanning Project or Application of the year

B9 Scan 350

Scan the World

Skanect

The forthcoming Artec LEO 3D scanner. Photo by Michael Petch.
The forthcoming Artec LEO 3D scanner. Photo by Michael Petch.

3D software of the year

Astroprint

Authentise Inc

Cura

Fusion 360

Materialise Magics

Rhino Gold 6.5

Siemens NX

Simplify 3D

ZBrush

HP was a winner in the 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards.
HP was a winner in the 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards.

Personal 3D printer of the year (FFF)

Anet A6

B9 Core 530

Cubicon Single Plus

M3D Micro+

MakerBot Replicator+

Original Prusa i3 MK3

Robo C2

Ultimaker 3

Zortrax M200

Personal 3D printer of the year (other)

B9 Core Series

Form 2

Sinterit Lisa

The 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy sitting pretty at Markforgeds formnext booth. Photo by Beau Jackson for 3D Printing Industry
The 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy sitting pretty at Markforged’s formnext booth. Photo by Beau Jackson.

Enterprise 3D printer of the year (Polymers)

Carbon M2

EnvisionTEC DLP line

EOS P 500

HP MJF

Markforged X7

VSHAPER PRO

Enterprise 3D printer of the year (Metal)

3D Systems ProX 320

Desktop Metal

EOS M400

ORLAS CREATOR

SLM Solutions

Xjet

OEM of the year (personal)

E3D

Lulzbot

Sintratec

Ultimaker

A remix of the Laocoon group was used for the 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy.
A remix of the Laocoon group was used for the 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy.

OEM of the year (enterprise)

3D Systems

EOS

HP

Markforged

SLM Solutions

Breakthrough application of the year

3D Construction Printing

Ambionics

Carbon & Adidas Futurecraft 4D

LLNL Stainless Steel 3D printing ( Y. Morris Wang et al.)

PostPro3D

Siert Wijnia, co-founder of Ultimaker (left) and Michael Petch EIC at 3D Printing Industry.

3D Printing Region of the year

Barcelona

Boston, MA

Kraków

London

Paris

San Francisco

Sheffield

Singapore

Desktop Metal CTO & Co-founder Jonah Myerberg accepts the award for 3D Printing Industry Start-up of the Year.
Desktop Metal CTO & Co-founder Jonah Myerberg accepts the award for 3D Printing Industry Start-up of the Year.

How to make a nomination

Do you agree with the nominations so far? Let us know who the voters are missing and make your own nominations for the 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards now.

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Featured image shows the 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards trophies, made using metal filament from The Virtual Foundry.