Who won the 2023 3D Printing Industry Awards?
The 2023 3D Printing Industry winners were announced during a black-tie gala dinner in London. Attended by leaders in the additive manufacturing industry and guests from across the world of 3D printing, the awards celebrate excellence in our industry.
Read on for the full list of this year’s winners.
Many thanks to this year’s sponsors, AMT, ThirdLook, Devout Solutions, and Envelop Risk, for making the event possible. We are also grateful to all who voted and the expert committee for providing invaluable insight and direction.
The 3D Printing Industry Awards will return in 2024. Interested in joining the expert committee? You can get involved here.
Company of the year (Enterprise)
Fried Vancraen, Materialise founder and CEO, “Truly excited about the news that Materialise has been named “Company of the Year” at the 3D Printing Industry Awards in London. A heartfelt thank you to our incredible employees who bring passion and expertise to everything they do. But our success is not just ours alone—it’s a shared achievement with our customers and partners who trust us every day to turn their visions into reality. Here’s to a year of groundbreaking advancements in 3D printing technology and the exciting journey ahead! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Materialise’s success story.”
Honorable Mention: Stratasys
Nominees: Company of the year (Enterprise)
SLM Solutions / Nikon
Community Advocate of the Year
Winner: Dr. Karsten Heuser, Siemens
“I am very much honored and thankful for being awarded as the AM community Advocate in 2023. At the end, industrialization of 3D printing only works in a vivid eco-system of people working together along the complete value chain. The community is still small and there is such a huge opportunity to scale as being the core of advanced manufacturing in the future. I am very privileged to be the Advocate for shaping this transition and will take this recognition as incentive to continue. Thanks a lot to 3D Printing Industry for bringing these awards and the community work to life.”
Honorable Mention: Kimberly Gibson, America Makes
Nominees: Community Advocate of the Year
Alex Kingsbury, Additive Economics
Brent Wright, LifeNabled / Advanced 3D
Fabian Alefeld, Additive Minds, EOS
Ivan Miranda, YouTube
Dr. Karsten Heuser, Siemens
Kimberly Gibson, America Makes
Kristin Mulherin, Hubbell Incorporated
Sean Aranda, 3D Print General
Stefan Hermann, CNC Kitchen, YouTube
Valeria Tirelli, Aidro
Enterprise 3D printer of the year (polymers)
Winner: HP Jet Fusion 5420W
Francois Minec, Global Head of 3D Polymers, HP Personalization and 3D Printing, “What an honor for HP’s Jet Fusion Solution to be recognized by the industry for the second year running in the Enterprise 3D Printer for Polymers category! We are grateful for the time and dedication the 3D Printing Industry team puts into organizing this long-standing awards program, celebrating the work being done globally to advance 3D printing. HP remains committed to driving 3D printing adoption and to continue working with our outstanding partners and customers to scale innovative applications across industries.”
Honorable Mention: Stratasys Neo450
Nominees: Enterprise 3D printer of the year (polymers)
3D Systems EXT 220 MED (Kumovis R1)
Carbon M3 Max
EOS FORMIGA P 110 Velocis
Formlabs Fuse 1
HP Jet Fusion 5420W
Impossible Objects CBAM25
Lynxter Silicone 3D Printer S300X
Roboze Argo 500
Academic, research team, or project of the Year
Winner: DREAMS Lab, Virginia Tech
“What an amazing way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my first experience with 3D printing, dating back to my undergraduate research at the University of Florida. Since that first print, I’ve always been challenged by my mentors to push the boundaries of what can be done with this amazing technology. This award belongs to the past and present DREAMS lab members, who strive to broaden the collective understanding of additive manufacturing process and materials relationships to will enable us all to “print the impossible.” It is a tremendous honor to receive this acknowledgement from the additive manufacturing community, and to even be listed among researchers that I have often looked to for collaboration, mentorship, inspiration, and thought leadership.” Christopher B. Williams, Ph.D., L. S. Randolph Professor, Electro Mechanical Corporation Senior Faculty Fellow, Director, DREAMS Lab and Senior Fellow, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Honorable Mention: Dr. Eva Blasco, Heidelberg University
“It was a great honor to be nominated together with great scientists in the 3D printing field, and I am thrilled about the honorable mention. I am extremely lucky to work with an enthusiastic and creative team at Heidelberg University that share the common goal to push forward the field of 3D printing and advanced materials,” Dr. Eva Blasco, Heidelberg University.
Nominees: Academic, research team, or project of the Year
Dr. AJ Boydston, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry
Dr. Christopher Spadaccini, LLNL
Dr. Alaa Elwany, Texas A&M University
Dr. Chris Williams, DREAMS Lab, Virginia Tech
EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes
Dr. Eva Blasco, Heidelberg University
Dr. Claas Bierwisch team, Fraunhofer IWM
Dr. Jennifer A Lewis, Harvard University
Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Stanford University
Welding and Additive Manufacturing Centre, Cranfield University
Desktop non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year
Winner: Nexa3D XiP Desktop
“We are honored to be recognized by the 3D printing community with XiP Desktop winning the best Desktop non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year. It’s especially rewarding to know that well over a thousand XiP users worldwide are enjoying the benefits of ultrafast industrial 3D printing on the desktop and receiving this award is a testament to the impact this printer is having on making desktop manufacturing more accessible and affordable,” Nina Swienton, Chief Marketing Officer, Nexa3D.
Honorable Mention: Anycubic Photon Mono M5
“With profound gratitude, we humbly accept the honorable mention bestowed upon the Anycubic Photon Mono M5. This recognition holds special significance, as it positions us among esteemed scientists in the 3D printing field. We express our heartfelt thanks for this acknowledgment and celebrate alongside our dedicated Anycubic team. Their boundless enthusiasm and creativity resonate deeply with our shared mission to propel the 3D printing community forward,” said James Ouyang, Vice President, Anycubic.
Nominees: Desktop non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year
Anycubic Photon Mono M5
B9 Core Series
Elegoo Mars 4 Ultra 9K
Elegoo Saturn 3
Formlabs Form 3+
Nexa3D XiP Desktop
Photocentric Liquid Crystal Opus 12k
Phrozen Mini 8Ks
Sinterit LISA X
3D Designer of the Year
Winner: Olaf Diegel
“I am truly humbled for having won the 3D designer of the year award! It’s really great to see users start to understand the impact good design can have on adopting 3D printing in a more meaningful way and using it to add real value to their product offerings. But what is truly great about this award is to receive it for getting to spend my days playing with some of the coolest toys in the world and figuring out how to push them to their limits,” Olaf Diegel Professor of Additive Manufacturing at the University of Auckland.
Honorable Mention: EOS, General Lattice, DyeMansion – Wilson Airless Prototype basketball
“We are so grateful to the additive manufacturing community for creating a welcome environment for Wilson over many years making our 3D printed basketball. Following the ball’s use at the NBA dunk contest, the community’s excitement, chatter, and emulation have showed us this is a conversation worth starting. It is an honor to see the Airless Prototype acknowledged by the industry. We could not have made this without Wilson industrial designer Hudson Vantrease and our external teammates General Lattice, EOS, and Dyemansion. We are all optimistic about the future of AM in sport,” Nadine Lippa, Ph.D., R&D Manager – Team Sports, Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
“Working in combination with Wilson Sporting Goods, EOS, and General Lattice has been a very rewarding experience and a true example of the value when each aspect of the design and production of a product work intertwined to achieve a goal. Bringing this Airless Prototype to life has really helped showcase the value of how a unique surface finish can help push a product to realization,” said Michael Schorr, General Manager, DyeMansion North America Inc.
Nominees: 3D Designer of the Year
Brigitte Kock, Paraprint
Optisys for functional RF components
EOS, General Lattice, DyeMansion – Wilson Airless Prototype basketball
Fotis Mint – Digital Sculptor
Sara Alvarez Symbiotic Shoes
Merit3D for the Hanger for Epoxy holder
Innovation of the year
Winner: GE Additive Binderjet Series 3
“As always, an excellent event with great networking, in an amazing setting. After a hiatus, it was great to see familiar faces again and meet new members of our additive community,” Shaun Wootton, head of communications, GE Additive.
Honorable Mention: AlphaPowders
Nominees: Innovation of the Year
AlphaPowders – spheroidization technology to convert low-cost non-spherical polymer powders into uniform, spherical powders for AM
Sakuú first fully functional 3D printed lithium-metal battery
nTop, nTop4 Software
Jiangnan University – support-free ceramic 3D printing
UpNano GmbH, novel material for 2PP 3D-printing and innovation in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) market
GE Additive Binderjet Series 3
Helio Additive, Dragon Software
Beni Cukurel, Micro Gas Turbine
National Eye Institute, bioprinting eye tissue
Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing
Winner: Fishy Filaments
“It was an honour to reach the shortlist this year and, for the second time, a genuine surprise to win. Fishy Filaments is real minnow as a company but it’s incredibly gratifying to see our impact and ideas ripple out. This year the launch of 0rCA®, the world’s first 100% recycled PA-CF material for AM, took us to a different level in partnership with Fillamentum (winner of Best Materials Company 2021). We’re not even halfway through our plan to improve the life and environment of fishing communities around the world, so give us a year or two, and we’ll be angling for our third,” Ian Falconer, founder, Fishy Filaments.
Honorable Mention: 6K Additive
Nominees: Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing
AMT PostPro Pure
Batch.Works 3D print farms for circular economy
Philips Lighting MyCreation
Ronald Rael indigenous Adobe and other local materials “emerging objects”
Sulapac Flow 1.7
Software Tool or Company of the Year
Winner: AutoDesk Fusion 360
“The pace of innovation and change in 3D printing has been astonishing in recent years, making it all the more humbling that Autodesk Fusion has won 3D Printing Industry’s Software Tool of the Year award again in 2023,” said Sualp Ozel, senior product manager at Autodesk. “I sincerely thank everyone who voted for us and supported us along the way. At Autodesk, we believe additive manufacturing, coupled with cloud-powered AI and a connected ecosystem, new, more sustainable materials, and more affordable, powerful printers is beginning to deliver on its potential for industry and the world. In partnership with industry leaders and the community, we look forward to playing a continued role in advancing 3D printing in years to come.”
Honorable Mention: Oqton 3DXpert
Nominees: Software Tool or Company of the Year
AutoDesk Fusion 360
Carbon Design Engine
Hexagon Nexus (DfAM workflow with MSC Apex Generative Design, AM Studio and Simufact Additive)
Start-up of the Year
Winner: Foundry Lab
Honorable Mention: Bambu Lab
Nominees: Start-up of the Year
In Game Collectables
Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Metals)
Winner: EOS M290
“Earning the 3D Printing Industry ‘Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year’ award is a great honor and we are grateful for the accolade,” said Joachim Zettler, EOS Chief Business Officer, Metal Solutions. “We are very proud of the time-tested EOS M 290 – a widely used, advanced and versatile metal 3D printer for many industries allowing for the consistent production of complex applications with exceptional accuracy. With new monitoring capabilities, the option for additional lasers, and a continuously expanding material portfolio, we hope for a repeat award in the future. Thank you 3D Printing Industry!”
Honorable Mention: Nikon SLM Solutions NXG XII 600
Nominees: Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Metals)
3D Systems’ DMP Factory 500
BLT-S 1500 SLM from Bright Laser Technologies
Desktop Metal – Shop System
GE Additive Spectra H
HP Metal Jet S100 Solution
Markforged Metal X
Nikon SLM Solutions NXG XII 600
Tritone Technologies Dominant
Velo3D Sapphire XC 1MZ
Company of the year (Personal)
Winner: Prusa Research
“I’m thrilled that we have been named Company of the Year at the 3D Printing Industry Awards,” said Josef Prusa, CEO and Founder at Prusa Research, “This year, the votes of the expert judges had a huge impact, making this award extra special. It’s a tribute to the hard work and achievements of our team throughout the year, from producing tons of Prusament to launching the unique XL tool changer, and working with the community on our open-source products and PrusaSlicer. We continue our focus on reliability, repairability and upgradability – I wonder if someone upgraded their MK1 all the way to the new MK4?”
Honorable Mention: Bambu Lab
Nominees: Company of the year (Personal)
Material Company of the Year
Winner: BASF Forward AM
BASF Forward AM CEO and Managing Director Martin Back said, “We’re coming off of our best year to date and are honored to be voted as the Material Company of the Year. This couldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our outstanding team and the commitment of our fantastic partners. We love to drive the industrial adoption of AM, working together to solve the tough manufacturing problems our customers face. We’re proud to be the only independent, global, full-portfolio material supplier, and to create customer value with complete 3D printing solutions, with our partners, for the most innovative applications. Here’s to continued growth in 2024 and beyond!”
Honorable Mention: Henkel
“The Henkel 3D Printing Team is proud to receive an honorable mention. It’s a clear indication of our impact and position in the 3D printing industry. This recognition speaks to our team’s innovative approach and collaborative efforts in advancing 3D printing materials. It’s not just a look back at our achievements, it reinforces our commitment to continue leading and innovating in the evolving world of 3D printing,” Dr. Daniel Adams, Vice President, Henkel 3D Printing.
Nominees: Material Company of the Year
BASF Forward AM
Jabil for PK5000
Oxford Performance Materials
Sandvik for Cemented Carbide
Uniformity Labs UniFuse IN625
Medical Dental or Healthcare Application
Winner: Stratasys with the DentaJet, MediJet and DAP growing market
“We are proud to have been recognised at the prestigious 3D Printing Industry Awards. The Stratasys J5 DentaJet, J5 MediJet, and J850 Digital Anatomy Printer (DAP) are symbols of innovation, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Winning the Medical, Dental, or Healthcare Application award is an affirmation of our commitment to revolutionising healthcare through advanced additive manufacturing technology. We share this honour with all our dedicated employees and partners who continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in medical and dental applications, and we continue to innovate and strive to enhance patient care and outcomes across the world,” Rani Hagag, Chief Healthcare & Consumer Business Officer, Stratasys.
Honorable Mention: Dimension Inx first patient use of CMFlex
“We are grateful for this recognition celebrating Dimension Inx’s first surgical product to be used in patients. This achievement is a leap forward for 3D-printed medical applications, and we are honored to be included among these outstanding nominees,” Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., CEO, Dimension Inx.
Nominees: Medical Dental or Healthcare Application
Axial3D Insight software cloud-based segmentation
BellaSeno Resorbable Breast and Pectus Excavatum Scaffolds
Curiteva world’s first 3D printed porous PEEK cervical spacers
Dimension Inx first patient use of CMFlex™, the FIRST FDA-cleared 3D-printed regenerative bone graft product.
Hospital based Patient-specific metal implants with LimaCorporate and Hospital for Special Surgery Collaboration.
IMcoMET microneedle-Duo (M-Duo) Technology
MB Therapeutics automatic production of personalised medicines using pharmaceutical 3D printing.
Stratasys with the DentaJet, MediJet and DAP growing market
Aerospace, Space, or Defense Application
Winner: SPEE3D training for Ukrainian soldiers
Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D, said, “SPEE3D is proud to have won the 3DPI Award for our work in Ukraine. It was an honor to work with Ukrainian soldiers and train them on our tech, which provides them with an on-demand solution for maintenance and repair right at the point of need. Thanks to all who voted for us – we appreciate your support and look forward to an exciting 2024.”
Honorable Mention: Relativity Space Aeon 1 Engine for Terran 1 rocket
Nominees: Aerospace, Space, or Defense Application
3D Printed Haynes 230 for Elevated Temperature Applications
3D Systems’ Thales Alenia Space: Compact C-band Corrugated Horn Antenna
Alba Orbital & CRP Technology
Launcher & Velo3D heat exchanger for Launcher’s E-2 rocket engines.
Lockheed Martin Hypersonic Ramjet
NASA, L-PBF copper-alloy combustion chamber
Hyphen Innovations, leveraging trapped metal powder for vibration suppression and dampening.
Relativity Space Aeon R Engine for Terran 1 rocket
SPEE3D trained 13 Ukrainian soldiers in advanced manufacturing design theory and practice. Focused on cold-spray additive as the delivery technology
Stratasys hatch in Antero 840CN03 material for Artemis 1 launch
3D Scanning or Metrology Company
Winner: Hexagon Volume Graphics
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to those who voted us 3D Scanning or Metrology Company of the Year! What an amazing testament to the work of our incredible team – their commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaboration has been the driving force behind our success. While this award is a momentous achievement, it is also a reminder that our journey is far from over. We stand at the forefront of innovation, and there is so much more to explore, create, and achieve together.” Daniela Handl, General Manager Volume Graphics at Hexagon.
Honorable Mention: Shining3D
“Being part of the 3DPI awards shows us, that our endeavor to innovate based on our customers’ actual needs is highly valued also in the industry. 3D metrology solutions play a pivotal role in conjunction with 3D printing and we are honored to bear testimony to the importance of 3D scanning and inspection in the additive manufacturing process chain, ” Tao Li, CEO SHINING 3D.
Nominees: 3D Scanning or Metrology Company
Creaform, Black Elite Limited Scanner.
Hexagon Volume Graphics
Revopoint Pop 3
Value-added Reseller of the Year
Winner: Solid Print3D
Neil Sewell, CEO of Solid Print3D, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for Solid Print3D as Value Added Reseller Of The Year. Solid Print has just had our 5th birthday, so we are a relatively new business in the additive space. But with an incredible team of engineers, customers who trust us, and amazing suppliers, we’re building a fantastic business.
Thank you to the 3D Printing Industry team for the recognition.
We’re very excited about what the future holds for Additive Manufacturing & Solid Print. Bring it on!”
Honorable Mention: GoEngineer
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the 3D Printing Industry with an honorable mention in the Value-added Reseller of the Year category. With 40 years of commitment to technical innovation, GoEngineer has been a leading force in empowering engineering, manufacturing, and product design companies to maintain their competitiveness,” says Mark Wolfley, Executive VP, Digital Manufacturing at GoEngineer. “Collaboration and partnership with our customers is at the center of everything we do. Thank you to 3D Printing Industry for being a voice that advocates for this industry.”
Nominees: Value-added Reseller of the Year
Hawk Ridge Systems
Mobility or Energy Application
Winner: Deutsche Bahn Reaches 100,000 3D printed Spare Parts
“What truly wonderful news! This award represents eight years of intensive work, both internally and externally in networks, committees and with partners and politics. It shows that DB is a pioneer in a very young, sustainable and digital technology. We are delighted to receive this fantastic award and would like to thank the 3DPI organisers, our fantastic DB team and all our supporters on our journey to date and in the future,” Stefanie Brickwede, Head of Additive Manufacturing at Deutsche Bahn
Honorable Mention: NASA AI Designed Bracket
Nominees: Mobility or Energy Application
Aidro, Hydraulic and 3D Printing components
Czinger C21C Extensive Use of 3D Printing in a Hypercar
Deutsche Bahn Reaches 100,000 3D printed Spare Parts
DNV Quality Assurance Standards
Equinor Digital Inventory
NASA AI Designed Bracket
US Navy Adopts Meltio Additive Hybrid Manufacturing At Sea
Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year
Winner: Bambu Lab X1C
Honorable Mention: Prusa Research MK4
Nominees: Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year
Bambu A1 Mini
Bambu Lab X1C
Bambu Labs P1-series
Creality Ender 3 V3 KE
Creality K1 Max
Prusa Research MK4
Prusa Research Prusa XL
Voron Design (V2.4 R2)
Outstanding Contribution to 3D Printing
Josef Prusa, Founder, Prusa Research
“I am also extremely honored to receive the Exceptional Contribution to 3D Printing award, presented in person by RepRap founder Adrian Bowyer, complete with a bag of Haribo! I’m grateful for our supportive community. Thank you everyone for your support and for being part of this journey, “Josef Prusa, CEO and Founder at Prusa Research.
The 2023 3D Printing Industry Awards charity of choice is the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation (SMF). SMF was established to continue the legacy of the E3D co-founder and support those with neurodivergent minds to fulfill their potential in the engineering world.
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