The best 3D printers, 3D Scanners, 3D Design and 3D printing materials

3D Printing Industry will be hosting the 1st Annual 3D Printing Awards later this year. We know that you, our readers, are some of the most well informed people in the world of 3D printing and associated technologies.

That is why we want to hear your thoughts on our industry.

The 3D Printing Awards are nominated and voted on by the 3D printing community. We’re eager to see which individuals, companies and projects our readers will put forward for the best 3D printers, 3D scanners, 3D designers and 3D printing materials in the 3D Printing Industry Awards.

Here are some of the people and enterprises that have already received nominations.

Best 3D printers

Well-known brands Polaroid and Canon have recently made their entry into the 3D printer market. There are also nominations for 3D printer manufacturers including Fusion 3, FlashForge, XYZPrinting, and Lulzbot.

300 hour Rocktopus print made with LulzBot MOARstruder tool on display at CES 2017.

300 hour LulzBot Rocktopus on display at CES 2017.

Multi-tool 3D printers could be another potential nominee for best 3D printer with contenders such as Dobot and ZMorph.

High resolution SLA 3D printers

Our readers have nominated the MoonRay range of DLP 3D printers from American company SprintRay and other desktop vat-polymersiation 3D printer companies including Formlabs and DWS.

High-resolution necklace prototypes by DWS Industrial 3D printers Photo via: DWS

High-resolution necklace prototypes by DWS 3D printers Photo via: DWS

If this high-resolution DWS 3D print catches your eye then you can make a nomination here.

Best 3D Scanners

Shining 3D, Artec, and FARO are contenders for best 3D scanners in 2017.

AIO Robotics incorporate scanning with 3D printing in the ZEUS model.

3D scanning can used for a variety of projects. Some may be better for reverse engineering prototype parts, others for capturing sculptures in museums.

3D scanning for cultural heritage using a Shining 3D Einscan Pro. Photo via: Scan_The_World on Twitter

3D scanning for cultural heritage using a Shining 3D Einscan Pro. Photo via: Scan_The_World on Twitter

Best 3D Design

We have seen nominations for companies including Autodesk, Sculpteo, and FATHOM.

Best 3D printer materials

A 3D printer would be nothing without its materials, so how about an award for sustainable filament makers ALGIX3D? Or something from ESUN’s range?

Our readers have also made nominations for Protopasta, Maker Geeks and Colorfab.

Low-Poly male figure and tiger Transformer 3D printed in ESUN filament. Photo via: Esunparadise on Facebook

Low-Poly male figure and tiger Transformer 3D printed in ESUN filament. Photo via: Esunparadise on Facebook

Airwolf 3D may also be a top contender for 3D printer materials following the launch of their HydroFill water soluble filament.

Is Airwolf 3D's HydroFill filament worthy of nomination in the 3D Printing Industry Awards? Photo via: Airwolf 3D

Is Airwolf 3D’s HydroFill filament worthy of nomination in the 3D Printing Industry Awards? Photo via: Airwolf 3D

And Nano Dimension are worth keeping in mind for the best 3D printer materials with their nanoparticle inks for the Dragonfly 2020 system. A 3D printer that can print electronics.

Nano Dimension 3D printed electronics. Photo by Michael Petch

Nano Dimension 3D printed electronics. Photo by Michael Petch

New nominations for the first annual 3D Printing Industry Awards arrive every day, so be sure your best 3D printers and technologies don’t miss out!

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