The eight international finalists competing to be named 2019 Start-Up of the Year demonstrated that the additive manufacturing sector still has plenty of innovative ideas up its sleeve.
And the winner was Glassomer, a spin-off of the NeptunLab at Freiburg University. The team developed novel materials (known as glassomers), making it possible to 3D-print glass for the very first time.
Second place went to Darmstadt Graphics Group for an intelligent software solution for the automated optimisation of 3D models, which can compress huge files in a matter of seconds, without compromising on visual quality.
British start-up FabPub took third prize for its universal construction machine Polibot. FabPub supports communities by giving them access to digital manufacturing and production time tools, with access to experts in the field.
Prize money totalling EUR 14,000 was awarded.