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International Design-competition for additive manufacturing

Already for the fourth time the unique 3D Pioneers Challenge, as the platform for pioneers in 3D printing, covers a range of verticals and is aimed at designers who are breaking new ground in the field of 3D printing, taking into account the complete value-added system of additive technologies and understand the key trends of the industry.
The Challenge seeks to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and - pushing boundaries.

Verticals 2019

Design, Digital, Architecture, Material, FashionTech, MedTech, Mobility, Sustainability

Focus 2019

Additive manufacturing is one of the innovations of the 21st century. Hardly a day goes by without that this technology surprises with something new. Meanwhile it is part in higher education programs and at technological universities or institutes. 3D printing is standing on the threshold to be integrated into industrial manufacturing processes. For some time now, the technology is not pushing its way to the fore – but as hidden champion, it acts as an "enabler" of many concepts and innovations, and even of completely new business fields. The needs of humans are in the foreground through individual solutions. Spare parts procurement is being rethought. Last but not least, lightweight construction creates sustainability. Social projects are only made possible by 3D printing in some areas. Pioneer thinking also requires the courage to put it into practice, breaking new ground. The 3DPC is looking for these pioneers who think 3D printing one step further. Where is it enabler, where is it in the main focus?


  • Prize money 35.000 Euro kindly supported by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia.
  • Exhibition of the finalists at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D, Trade Show Erfurt, Germany (25 –27 June 2019)
  • Award ceremony at gala evening in Erfurt
  • Roadshow at international events

Further prizes will be awarded by our partners:

Dates 3DPC 2019

November 2018
Start of 3DPC 2019

15 March 2019
Deadline for submissions

25 - 27 June 2019
Exhibition of the finalists at the tradeshow Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D, Messe Erfurt, Germany

26 June 2019
Galaevening and award ceremony in Erfurt
Afterwards international Roadshow


The competition is open to Students, Young Professionals and Professionals – working in design or technical fields, as well as the automotive, software engineering, research and medical sectors.
We welcome submissions from previously published projects to brand new ideas.
Group entries are also permitted.

Submission details

Here you may download the detailed 3DPC Formalities 2019 .

Jury 2019

Dr. Justus Bobke

Chairman Verband 3DDruck, Berlin

Diana Drewes

Haute Innovation

Stephan Eelman

BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, Business Director Service Solutions & Metal Systems

Sarah Goehrke

Additive Integrity LLC

Arno Held

Chief Venture Officer AM Ventures

Andrej Kupetz

CEO German Design Council

Ross Lovegrove

Lovegrove studio

Silvia Olp

Management aed e.V., Society for Advancement of Architecture, Engineering, Design

Gilles Retsin

Architect and designer and Program Director (AD) at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London

Prof. Wolfgang Sattler

Bauhaus University Weimar

Patrik Schumacher

Zaha Hadid Architects

Dr. Dirk Simon


Joachim Stumpp

raumPROBE Managing director

Andreas Velten

IFA3D Medical Solutions GmbH

Christoph Völcker

Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co KG Team leader Innovation Lab for additive Manufacturing.

Wolf Udo Wagner


Anouk Wipprecht

Anouk Wipprecht, FashionTech Designer


Here you may download information of the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2019:

Photos: Christian Seeling or Tobias Traunecker
Source: Messe Erfurt GmbH

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