The 3D Printing Industry Awards return to London on May 17th 2018. The 3D Printing Industry Awards are nominated and voted on by readers of tech journal 3DPrintingIndustry.com. In 2017, over 200,000 votes were received, making the voting process the largest ever survey of the additive manufacturing sector.
"The 3D Printing Industry Awards are where the leaders of the additive manufacturing sector meet," said Michael Petch, 3DPrintingIndustry.com Editor-in-chief, "The Awards also provide a strong indicator highlighting the most valued technology, and which companies are leading our industry."
Winners in previous years include Desktop Metal, who later in 2017 became a tech unicorn.
For 2018, Award nominations increased by 35% and voting is already above prior year levels. The 20 categories include Aerospace or Automotive application, Creative use of 3D printing and Innovation of the year. With an overwhelming number of nominations favoring the founder and CEO of Materialise, Fried Vancraen, the Outstanding Contribution to 3D Printing will not be put to a further vote. Voting is now open for the remaining categories.
"From the very start almost 30 years ago, we understood that software is crucial for the development of 3D printing applications. And this remains true today. I call it the ongoing struggle," said Fried Vancraen, "Looking forward, I believe that software will be the key to unlock new and meaningful applications. We already see it with the trend towards increased automation. At the same time we're laying the groundwork for the future of software in 3D Printing based on Artificial Intelligence."
The winners will be presented with a 3D printed trophy during a gala dinner on May 17th at Nuffield Hall next to Regents Park. Currently a design competition is underway to find the winning design, which will be 3D printed by advanced manufacturing expert and event sponsor, Protolabs.