Essentium and M3 Design Win iF DESIGN AWARD for Collaboration on the HSE 240 HT Dual Extruder 3D Printer

| The Essentium Team


Essentium’s HSE 240 HT 3D Printer, designed in collaboration with product development firm M3 Design, has won an iF Product Design award in the Industry / Tools category.

With improved usability and access at the heart of its innovative design, the HSE 240 won over the 132-member jury of independent design experts from all over the world. The competition was intense: almost 11,000 entries were submitted from 57 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.

Essentium brought M3 on board to help create a printer that would maximize the performance, reliability, and efficiency of parts production – but within a smaller footprint, at a lower cost, and in a more user-friendly way. Designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding industries, the HSE 240 allows manufacturers to enter the digital age by enabling additive manufacturing (AM) applications that make significant improvements in productivity, growth and innovation capability.

“Our staff are daily users of 3D printers, so when Essentium approached us with such an innovative vision for transforming the way people interact with additive manufacturing technology, we were thrilled,” said M3 Founder and President Terry Branson. “The M3 team is honored to have our work with Essentium be recognized for its success in expanding the possibilities of additive manufacturing technology through thoughtful and intentional design.”

The HSE 240’s physical form represents a marriage of manufacturing and consumer technology industries in both aesthetics and usability. The final direction was selected for its contrasting color panels that consolidate touchpoints that create a frictionless user experience. Lighting effects were designed to easily communicate job status and a camera was added to the build chamber to enable remote monitoring of print jobs. The HSE 240’s design also includes a unique open-source filament system and a convection-heat build chamber that can reach up to 185° C to allow users more freedom to innovate and experiment with materials.

“From the first meeting through the final phase of the project, M3 understood what we wanted to accomplish and translated those goals into a product that has both form and function. The team’s experience and expertise gave us a strong sense of trust in their ability to execute. It truly felt like a collaborative partnership,” said Blake Teipel, CEO of Essentium.

Visit 3d-printer-industrial-design for more information about the collaboration.

About M3 Design

Founded in 1996, M3 Design is a product development and innovation firm located in the Austin, TX area specializing in design, engineering, strategy and brand. M3 is a team of world-class designers and engineers who work together to create the products that inspire the future of healthcare, lifestyle and workplace brands. M3 takes pride in challenging convention to help their clients maximize business opportunity by creating exceptional products and experiences.

About Essentium, Inc.

Essentium, Inc. provides industrial 3D printing solutions that are disrupting traditional manufacturing processes by bringing product strength and production speed together, at scale, with a no-compromise engineering material set. Essentium manufactures and delivers innovative industrial 3D printers, materials, software, and services, enabling the world’s top manufacturers to bridge the gap between 3D printing and machining and embrace the future of advanced manufacturing. Essentium is AS9100D certified and ITAR registered. For more information, visit

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Since 1954, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for excellent design. The iF Design brand is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. It honors design achievements in all disciplines: product, packaging, communication and service design, architecture and interior architecture as well as professional concept, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI). All award-winning entries are featured on and published in the iF Design App.


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