The 3D Printing Industry Awards 2021

The 3D Printing Industry Awards returned in full force to highlight and champion the outstanding companies and people in our industry.

As voted for by our readers, the Awards represent the best hardware, software, and materials of the past year, the most innovative applications, and exceptional companies and individuals within additive manufacturing. As ever, the awards were hotly contested, with over 140,000 votes received on the shortlists.

Lists of company that won The 3D Printing Industry Awards in each industries

Desktop non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year


  • AnyCubic Photon
  • Creality Halot Sky
  • Elegoo Mars
  • Formlabs Form 3
  • Original Prusa SL1
  • Peopoly Phenom
  • Photocentric Liquid Crystal Precision 1.5
  • Sinterit Lisa Pro
  • Sintratec Kit
  • Sisma Everes

Winner : Formlabs Form 3 

Formlabs Form 3 in 3D Printing Industry

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Formlabs Form 3

Formlabs User Story

Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Metals)


  • AddUp – FlexCare System
  • Desktop Metal Studio System
  • EOS M290
  • GE Additive X Line
  • GEFERTEC Arc Series
  • Markforged Metal X System
  • Xerox ElemX
  • Velo3D Sapphire System
  • Sciaky EBAM
  • SLM Solutions NXG X11 600

Winner : EOS M290

EOS M290 is the most popular metal printed in 3D Printing Industry

EOS said: “We’re very honored that the M290 has been nominated and selected for this award by our users and our customers. We released the M290 in 2014 and have since installed over 1,000 M290s worldwide, making it the most popular metal AM system to date. We’re obviously very proud that our customers continue to recognize this machine as their go-to for mid-frame systems and that it has become the benchmark for quality in the additive manufacturing industry.

EOS M 290 is a metal 3D printer with Direct Metal Laser Sintering technology. It has a powerful 400-watt fiber laser with exceptional high beam quality. The exceptionally high beam quality of the laser spot and the excellent detail resolution are ideal for producing highly complex components with homogeneous properties.

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EOS M 290

3D Printing Tips & Tricks

Software Tool or Company of the Year


  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Autodesk Netfabb
  • Chitubox
  • Dyndrite
  • Stratasys GrabCAD Print
  • Link3D
  • Markforged Eiger
  • Materialise Magics
  • Oqton’s ‘Additive’ AI platform

Winner : Materialise Magics

Materialise Magics the most effective software in 3D Printing Industry

Stefaan Motte, Vice President of Materialise Software, said: “Thanks to all of the voters, thanks for this great recognition. I think I speak for everyone when I say that it has been a really tough period with Covid and not being able to go out. I must say, in the past few months I am going out again, meeting customers, seeing what is happening with 3D printing on the shop floor, and it is always very rewarding to see Magics really ingrained within the processes and workflows of these champions of additive manufacturing and seeing how Magics enables them to do their magic.

Materialise Magics is a versatile, industry-leading data preparation and STL editor software for Additive Manufacturing that allows you to convert files to STL, repair errors, edit your design and prepare your build platform.

Read more articles about Materialise Magics :

Materialise Magics

Innovation of the Year


  • 6K’s UniMelt microwave-based technology
  • A*STAR SIMTech Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM)
  • AMT’s automated PostPro3D
  • EOS Laser ProFusion
  • Mechnano carbon nano-tubes
  • John Whitehead and Hod Lipson’s inverted multi-material laser sintering
  • ETH Zurich’s Eggshell 3D printing
  • Meltio multi-material 3D printing
  • Azul 3D’s High Area Rapid Printing (HARP)
  • 3D Systems’ Print to Perfusion bioprinting platform

Winner : 3D Systems’ Print to Perfusion bioprinting platform

Aerospace, Automotive, Energy


  • 3D Systems’ RF filter for Airbus aerospace
  • 3t AM & Aston Martin
  • Porsche with MAHLE and Trumpf
  • AON3D & Astrobotic’s Peregrine Moon Lander
  • BAC Mono – Ultimaker
  • Burloak Technologies & Safran titanium landing gear
  • Neutron 3D printed launch vehicle by Rocket Lab
  • CRP Technology & LISA laboratory flight-ready 3U CubeSat
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Marshall Aerospace and Stratasys

Winner : 3D Systems’ RF filter for Airbus

Medical, Dental, or Healthcare Application


  • Binder jet-based food printing – Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab, University of Auckland
  • CELLINK bioprinting
  • Dunlee Anti Scatter Grids
  • ACEO3D facial prosthetics
  • Marvel Medtech and XJet
  • MIT Project Manus
  • Photocentric and NHS
  • Sintratec and AFSP
  • Swansea University 3D printed ear cartilage
  • The Satchi-Fainaro Lab, Tel Aviv University, 3DCanPredict ERC project, 3D bioprinted glioblastoma model

Winner : The Satchi-Fainaro Lab, Tel Aviv University, 3DCanPredict ERC project, 3D bioprinted glioblastoma model

Academic, Research Team, or Project of the Year


  • AMable
  • Meso-Brain, Aston University
  • Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab, University of Auckland
  • Digital Reconfigurable Additive Manufacturing facilities for Aerospace, MTC, UK
  • Prof. Randy Erb and the DAPS Lab at Northeastern University
  • BARBARA Project
  • Avio Aero TAL and Apulia Repair Development Center Laboratories
  • Jennifer Lewis and the Lewis Lab at Harvard University

Winner : Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab, University of Auckland

Material Company of the Year


  • 3M
  • WINNER: Fillamentum
  • BASF Forward AM
  • Carpenter Technology
  • CRP Technology
  • DSM
  • Evonik
  • Filamentive
  • Henkel
  • Kimya

Winner : Fillamentum

TÜV SÜD Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing


  • 6K Additive
  • Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA)
  • Desktop Metal Forust Printer
  • EOS Responsible Manufacturing Initiative
  • NonOilen by Fillamentum
  • Fishy Filaments
  • Liqcreate and Stenden University
  • Materialise Bluesint PA12
  • Siemens Energy AM row 1 turbine vanes
  • TWINE by Hagen Hinderdael, AI Build & Reflow

Winner : Fishy Filaments

Creative Use of 3D Printing Award


  • Adidas Futurecraft 4D (Carbon)
  • Google & Scan the World
  • Dr. Mingjing Lin
  • Avio Aero – Design for Additive Team
  • BattleBots and Markforged
  • Camper and BCN3D
  • Carbon for the Specialized S-Works Power Saddle with Mirror Technology
  • University of Tübingen &  Graz University of Technology elephant trunk robot
  • Lidewij van Twillert

Winner : Adidas Futurecraft 4D (Carbon)

Start-up of the Year Award


  • Print Parts
  • Mechnano
  • Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC)
  • 9T Labs
  • Triditive
  • Relativity Space
  • Slice Engineering
  • ICON
  • nFrontier
  • VoxelDance

Winner : Slice Engineering

Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (Polymers)


  • BCN3D Epsilon
  • Carbon L1
  • Desktop Metal Fiber
  • EOS Formiga P110 Velocis
  • EOS P 500
  • Stratasys J850
  • HP 580 MJF Color
  • HP MJF 5200
  • Makerbot METHOD X
  • Markforged X7

Winner : Carbon L1

3D Printing for a Better World Award


  • 3D Life Prints
  • 3DP4ME: 3D printing of hearing aids
  • Carbon and Resolution Medical
  • Advanced Manufacturing Crisis Production Response (AMCPR)
  • e-Nable
  • EOS initiative 3D Printing Against Corona
  • GE9X engine turbine blades at Avio Aeros Cameri
  • Blue Tap’s water purification technology
  • Swiss MAM
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso’s artificial mini hearts

Winner : EOS initiative 3D Printing Against Corona

Value-added Reseller of the Year Award


  • 3D CRIAR
  • 3DChimera
  • 3DJake
  • 3DZ
  • Tritech
  • VisionMiner
  • Additive X
  • MatterHackers
  • iGo3D

Winner : MatterHackers

3D Scanning or Metrology Company of the Year


  • Artec 3D
  • Calibry – Thor3D
  • Creaform
  • FARO
  • GOM
  • Hexagon
  • Peel3D
  • Scan The World MyMiniFactory (STW Photogrammetry)
  • Nikon Metrology
  • Shining 3D

Winner : Scan The World and Google Arts & Culture

Company of the Year (Enterprise)


  • 3D Systems
  • AddUp
  • Autodesk
  • Carbon
  • Desktop Metal
  • EOS
  • GE Additive
  • HP
  • Markforged
  • Materialise

Winner : Autodesk

Company of the Year (Personal)


  • 3DGence
  • Prusa Research
  • BCN3D Technologies
  • Dyze Design
  • E3D Online
  • Formlabs
  • Lulzbot
  • Lumi Industries
  • Slice Engineering

Winner : Prusa Research

Desktop FFF 3D Printer of the Year


  • Anycubic Vyper
  • Artillery Sidewinder
  • Creality CP-01
  • Creality Ender 3 Pro
  • LulzBot Taz SideKick 747
  • Flashforge Adventurer 4
  • Trilab DeltiQ 2
  • E3D Toolchanger
  • Snapmaker 2.0


Community Advocate of the Year Award


  • Eurico Assunção,  IAMQS Coordinator
  • Gil Lavi, 3D Alliances
  • Mara Hitner, VP of Strategic Partnerships, MatterHackers
  • Matthew Griffin, Director of Community Development, Ultimaker
  • Integza, YouTuber
  • Olaf Diegel, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab, University of Auckland
  • Peter Rogers, Autodesk
  • Prof Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC Singapore
  • Stephan Henrich, Designer & Lecturer Robotic Design and Architecture
  • Uncle Jessy, YouTuber

Winner : Integza

From the 3D PRINTING INDUSTRY AWARDS 2021 this time shows that companies around the world today used 3D printing technologies in the manufacturing process or used to provide services. This indicates its popularity and usage trend that will increase in the future. Making companies that do not know or have never used 3D printers before should turn their attention and try to apply this technology to their business. To help develop and increase the efficiency of the production of parts.

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