The 3D Printing Industry Awards is a celebration of new technologies, innovations, materials and the best 3D printers of the year.
In the lead up to our third annual event, the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards, we’ve been sharing the Wildcard nominees that you think have missed the shortlist this year. So far, this has included Other mentions for the best Enterprise Metal 3D Printer of the Year, best Enterprise Polymer 3D Printer of the Year, 3D Printing Reseller of the Year, and 3D Printing Innovation of the Year.
Sister category to the Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year, Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year is open to all compact systems that employ a technology outside of material extrusion. This includes SLA, DLP, SLS and Binder Jet.
Already shortlisted in the 2019 Top 10 Non-FFF 3D Printers of the Year are the 3D Systems FabPro 1000, Anycubic Photon, B9 Core Series, the Formlabs Form 2, Peopoly Moai 200, the Photocentric Liquid Crystal Precision 1.5, Sharebot Rover, Sinterit LISA Pro, Sisma Everes and the SprintRay Pro. Still, there are many more 3D printers that could’ve made the cut. Below is a summary of just some of the systems that have been submitted by you under Other for this year’s award.
Get voting now to decide this year’s winners of the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards.
Resins at the ready: SLA, DLP for Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year 2019
As one of the most competitive desktop 3D printing technologies outside of FFF, vat polymerisation 3D printers have taken home the award for non-FFF category two years in a row. In 2017, the DWS XFAB won Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year, followed by the Formlabs Form 2 in 2018. Many of the top 10 shortlisted 3D printers for this category are also SLA/DLP this year, and the same can be said for your Wildcard nominations.
Following on from its release in April 2019 (after official nominations had closed) the Form 3 has earned another nomination for Massachusetts 3D printer OEM Formlabs this year. Though in the running again for Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year, Polish OEM Zortrax has also gained nominations for the Inkspire, its entry into vat polymerization launched late 2018.
Introduced September 2018, the Original Prusa SL1 has also been submitted under Other, as has the Lotus EZ (launched on Kickstarter), the Designer X Pro from Russia’s Picaso 3D, and Nexa3D’s LCPC 3D printer.
Already shortlisted by you as a potential 3D Printer OEM of the Year, the Michigan-headquartered EnvisionTEC has gained Wildcard mentions in Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year for its VIDA series of 3D printers.
As no changes will be made to this year’s shortlist, for a Wildcard nominee to win in the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards, they must be submitted by a majority under the Other category. If you haven’t already done so, now’s your chance to vote and put forward your Wildcards for consideration.
A powder fed Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year 2019?
Though not as common, another popular technology within Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year nominees is SLS.
Though Sinterit made the shortlist with its LISA Pro system this year, it’s Swiss competitor Sintratec, has been a popular choice in Wildcard nominations. Both the Sintratec S1 and the Sintratec Kit SLS 3D printer have received mentions from our readers.
Backed on Kickstarter, the VIT from Spanish 3D printer developer Natural Robotics has also been mentioned.
Unlike the powder fed systems listed above, another Wildcard submission for Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year is the KWAMBIO ZERO MAX. Available for preorder now, this ceramic powder-fed 3D printer uses binder jet technology, and has a compact desktop size.
Get involved in the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards
If your non-FFF desktop 3D printer of the year isn’t already mentioned here, now is the time to get involved and submit your Wildcard entry for the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards. You can also use this form to vote across all 20 categories.
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Featured image shows 2018’s Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year the Form 2. Photo via Formlabs