At this year's 3D Printshow we witnessed the awards ceremony in which 14 awards were presented to leaders in the 3D printing community. Who were they? Read on to find out.
Artist of the Year: Isaie Bloch, who produces amazing 3D printed art using geometric structures impossible to produce in any other way.
Fashion Designer of the Year: Marla Marchant, who designs 3D printed shoes using techniques not previously possible.
Green Award: Wasp, who are developing 3D printers that eventually will be capable of printing homes in third world countries using onsite materials.
Positive Change Award: Jake Evill, who invented a new industry: custom fit 3D printed medical casts, the first being the Cortex Exoskeletal Cast.
Inspirational Individual: Andrew Dawood, for his contributions to dental implants.
Educational Excellence: Philip Cotton, for his use of 3D printing in his design and technology course at a UK high school.
Rising Star: Masters & Munn, who produce "bespoke sculpture and objets d'art for landscapes and interior spaces."
Best Business Newcomer: 3Doodler, who produced a simple yet effective handheld extruder, with which one could rapidly "sketch" 3D sculptures.
Best Online App/Service: Autodesk 123D Creature, part of their 123D suite (all of which are pretty awesome). "Creature" enables the design of startling 3D characters, which of course, can be 3D printed.
Best Consumer Software: Anarkik 3D, who produce 3D design interface software with a difference: its haptic feedback enables you to "feel" what you're shaping during design.
Best Consumer Printer: MakerBot Replicator 2, the flagship 3D printer from MakerBot that is popular worldwide.
Best In Show: Legacy Effects, who create amazing 3D characters for use in the movie industry - like the Iron Man costume.
Brand of the Year: MCOR Technologies, who produce a true-color 3D printer that uses common paper as its print medium.
Consumer Product of the Year: 3Doodler, again.