General Business Terms

General Terms and Conditions, conditions of participation 3D Pioneers Challenge

§1 General
§ 1.1
The general terms and conditions apply to competitions organised by d.sign21. (d.sign21 is the label for Völcker & Völcker GbR, represented by the Managing Director Dipl.-Ing. (FH), M.A. Simone Völcker, and Managing Director Dipl.-Ing. (FH), M.A. Christoph Völcker, Fronhof 1, 70378 Stuttgart, Germany. Email: info(at), Telephone: +49 711 477 2748-0.) d.sign21 is hereinafter referred to as the “Organiser”.
Messe Erfurt GmbH is the exclusive licensee for the 3D Pioneers Challenge and hosts the competition at the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D. (Messe Erfurt GmbH, Gothaer Straße 34, 99094 Erfurt, Germany, Email info(at) Telephone: + 49 361 400-0) Messe Erfurt GmbH is hereinafter referred to as the “Promoter”.

Participation is subject to the present terms and conditions. By participating in the 3D Pioneers Challenge competition, participants recognize as binding the conditions of participation.

Participation takes place exclusively online on the Internet. The formalities are available for download from the website

§2 Competition
The 3D Pioneers Challenge seeks to discover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries. The final decision is based in large part on a consideration of current issues as well as medium- and long-term trends that link new technologies and provide practical applications, integrate them into existing processes or create forward-looking concepts.

The focus is on “verticals”, that means on all major disciplines in 3D printing, such as fashion, automotive, medicine, architecture and design, that are leading the way in additive manufacturing.
Prize money and various prizes are awarded annually.
For a more detailed description of the disciplines, see the registration documents.

§3 Entrants
Students in the design, architecture, fashion, medical, automotive, research, construction, engineering and technology fields, as well as professional firms, are invited. Anything can be submitted, from projects that have already been publicised to brand new ideas.
Group entries are also permitted.
Students and young professionals are participants that are less than 3 years away from their studies or education. Professionals are more than three years on the market or private limited companies.

For cooperative and team submissions, a main contact person must be named as a primary contact.

§4 Jury
The independent jury is assembled annually and consists of experts in the respective verticals.
The non-public selection process takes place after the submission deadline as well as finally during the promoter’s exhibition event. The independent jury alone will decide how the prize money and prizes are distributed.
Any member directly involved with a submitted entry will not be allowed to vote for this submission.

§4.2 The evaluation is carried out according to the following criteria:


  • Manufactured using additive processes
  • Design appropriate for the material
  • Ecological aspects

Conception, design

  • Conceptual quality (content, novelty, degree of innovation, product definition)
  • Design quality (originality, consistent and aesthetic design principle, ergonomics)


  • Social relevance (meaning, social aspects)
  • Sustainability of the idea/project
  • How the project engages with state-of-the-art technology/knowledge
    The evaluation criteria may be adjusted annually – they should be consulted in the respective
    application documents.

The jury will decide how to weight the criteria in particular.
The decision of the jury is final and there is no right of appeal.

§5 Award
Winning submissions will be produced by the partners of the competition free of charge for the entrant, provided they have not been already produced, and will be displayed as part of a special exhibition at the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D trade show.

The products that have been produced will then be photographed and advertised. As soon as the products are no longer used for this purpose, the submissions may be returned to the participants free of charge, against a shipping fee. Participants must state their interest in this option at the time of registration.

The best submissions will also be awarded prizes. The type of prize is published annually in the tender documents and/or on the home page.

All prize-winners will be invited to the 3D Pioneers Challenge award ceremony, which will take place as part of a gala evening. Finalists are invited and encouraged to attend the award ceremony at their own expense. The organiser directly notifies the finalists of their participation in the final exhibition, by means of an unofficial announcement which includes an invitation to the award ceremony and a request to register.

§6 Registration and Conclusion of the Agreement
Registration takes place and the contractual agreement is concluded with the timely submission of materials. For each submission, this includes a complete filled registration form including all relevant documents and information. See the application documents for further details.

A submission may not be more than 3 years old at the time of the submission deadline.
3DPC entries of former years may not be submitted again.

Each participant may enter a maximum of 3 submissions.
Each submissions requires a registration form.

Printable, producible data for the respective additive processes are expressly required for participation.

For the registration the participant creates an account at . There he may submit up to three projects, upload pictures, movies, describing texts. The files will be saved in the account and the participant is able to update the content till the submission deadline. After the deadline it is not possible anymore.
Applications that require a registration fee (see §7) are only valid with receipt of the registration fee.
The submission deadline is the final deadline. Late registrations will not be allowed. There is no right of appeal.

The approved languages are German and English.

The participant is required to declare which group of participants he or she belongs to by submitting appropriate evidence. (Student / Young Professionals / Professionals / Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D exhibitors during the award year).

If third parties show interest in contacting, the organisator will act as agent and will lead the contact of the interested third party to the entrant. Only for this purpose all data will be archived in a database unlimited and will not be handed to other third parties. For publications, presentations or similar use, the organisator may use pictures and descriptions unlimited by linking to the participant.

You give your consent to receive newsletters with the registration at, This complies to the German Data protection laws. You may stop the newsletter by sending an email with : “End newsletter”.

With the registration at the participant accepts the General Business Terms and conditions of participation.

§7 Participation Fees and Payment Conditions
Students and Young Professionals whose studies or training ended less than 3 years ago, as well as Rapid.Tech & FabCon 3.D Exhibitors for the current year, pay no fees. Professionals pay the participation fees in accordance with the application documents plus the current statutory value-added tax.
The participation fees may vary for each year and will be published in the current registration documents.

The participation fees are to be transferred to the account specified in the invoice within 14 days of receipt of the invoice, without deduction. This is a condition for participation in the competition. The participant is excluded from participation if the payment is made late.

Registration fees are refundable only if the participant’s cancellation is received in time within 14 days in written form. (see §13)

The participant bears all costs that are associated with processing the submitted designs (modell)- sending and return. The organisator disclaims liability.

No further costs arise for the participants.

§8 Public Relations
The exhibition of 3D Pioneers Challenge finalists for the current year happens at the Rapid.Tech & FabCon3.D for the respective year.

The details and results of the competition are presented and published as part of of Rapid.Tech & FabCon3.D for the current year and by the Organiser via press materials (digital and print).
Press materials will be made available to cooperation partners, participants and the press. Copyright is held by the Organiser, and reproduction is permitted only by arrangement.

§9 Roadshow
§9.1 The exhibit or an adequate alternative has to be in charge of the organisator. Several roadshows will be organised where the exhibits of the finalists will be presented on international events. The organisator informs about the planned roadshow details and or annouces them on facebook.

§9.2 Selection exhibits:
In cooperation with the organisation/fair, where we may present, the decision is made which exhibits are chosen. That means that depending on the topic, The aim is to make it equal for all winners and special mention.
As there will be contracts with the hosts, they also may select.
There is no right neither that the projects will be presented nor that you may attend the events in person.

§9.3 Insurance:
The exhibits are securely stored in the office of d.sign21, the headquarter of 3DPC from where the roadshow will be coordinated.
The exhibits are insured whilst the roadshow.
If an object needs to be sent home in between the roadshow and back to the headquarter, the insurance of the sending depends on the selected way of sending. As described in the general terms and conditions, which was accepted with the participation of the challenge, the costs are taken by the participant.
The objects will be packed in the material given by the owner. Therefore the designer is responsible for the security of the packaging. A documentation with pictures about how to repack will be helpful and the organizers pleases the participant to hand in such a documentation. Necessary special tools for packing and protecting have to be provided by the participant.

§10 Liability / Insurance
The participant bears all costs that are associated with processing the submitted designs- sending and return. The organisator disclaims liability.

§11 General Legal Conditions
Participants are responsible for ensuring the rights to their designs are protected and ensuring that the rights of third parties are not breached by their participation in the competition and the publication of the results of the competition in printed documents, exhibitions and press releases. They will provide all required documentation free of charge.
The organiser, promoter, cooperation partners and jurors for the competition are exempted by the participant from all claims, demands and rights of third parties in the case of an alleged infringement. Any damages that arise will be borne by the participant.

The entrant owns the copy right of its submissions.
The participant grants the Organiser unlimited usage, disposition, patent rights and archiving (see § 6.8), within the framework of the competition and its public relations, for the data, texts, films and images provided in the submission.

In addition, cooperation partners can inform the organiser of their interest to enter into further partnerships with the participants. For this purpose, the rights to the submission remain with the organiser in their capacity as coordinator for 3 months after the awards ceremony. Consent regarding implementation is the responsibility of the participant. By registering, participants agree to this. By agreeing to cooperate on the 3D Pioneers Challenge, cooperation partners have given their consent.

Submissions that are already present on the market remain unaffected. Rights thereto are reserved by the participants and their partners. This must be indicated seperately at the time of registration and be accompanied by appropriate evidence.

The winners may use the award indefinitely for their own communication purposes. The Organiser will also show the prize-winning designs at further exhibitions to the extent that this fits conceptually with the respective presentations/events.

Should the rights of a third party be infringed, the Promoter, Organiser and jurors reserve the right to revoke the award.

§12 Reservations
Provided that the promoter and organiser together have not secured the economic viability or other good reasons such as acts of god occur, the organiser reserves the right to cancel the competition.

This agreement remains valid if the actual competition is postponed. If the actual competition is cancelled, the contractual partners are freed from all obligations without any right to assert claims for reimbursement of costs or damages.

§13 Withdrawal
The participant may withdraw from his/her registration within 14 days. The withdrawal must be declared in writing. Should payment already have been made by the participant to the Organiser within the 14 days, it will be refunded to the participant in the event of a timely withdrawal. After 14 days, withdrawal of the participant and a refund of the associated fees are excluded.

§14 Confidentiality
Participants, cooperation partners, jurors as well as the promoter and organiser agree to maintain confidentiality about the submissions during the processing and evaluation period. This applies to all exhibited, winning and featured designs until the day of the opening of the exhibition in the current year.

§15 Place of Performance and Place of Jurisdiction
The exclusive place of performance and place of jurisdiction for the agreement is the business headquarters of the organiser; this also applies if the participant resides abroad.

As soon as the promoter or organiser is made aware by legal judgement or court decision that third-party rights were violated by the submission, the participant may be excluded or the award revoked.

Any claims must be made in writing.

§16 Severability Clause
Should any individual provisions of this agreement be or become ineffective, the effectiveness of the contract as a whole shall not be affected thereby. In such a case, a provision which comes as close as possible to the content of the original provision shall take the place of the non-included or ineffective provision.

§17 Miscellaneous
By participating in the competition, participants confirm their acceptance of the general legal conditions described above and the information regarding liability and insurance. With the registration for the competition, the participants make a legally binding declaration to adhere to the terms of the competition. The jury’s decision is final. There is no right of appeal. Subject to change. The invitations to the gala evening will be given in order of priority to the winners and finalists and then by registration order. Places are limited.

Contact Organizer
Völcker & Völcker GbR
3D Pioneers Challenge
Fronhof 2/1
70378 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 (0) 711 477 2748-0