The term for application for 3DPC 2018 is over

Thanks to all participants for their numerous and great submissions!
The finalists for the exhibition at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D (5 -7 June 2018) in Erfurt will be published soon!
All submissions will be voted in a non-public, multi-stage selection process from now.

You may register now to participate for 2019.

International Design-Competition for additive manufacturing 2018

Already for the third time the Challenge seeks to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and - pushing boundaries.

The unique 3D Pioneers Challenge 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 who understand the key trends in the industry.

Verticals: Design, Digital, Architecture, Material, FashionTech, MedTech, Mobility

International, high-class interbrach jury
First class partners

3D Printing supports a range of new technologies and visions. Combining several different manufacturing methods creates innovation. We are standing at the edge of a new digital era of speed, fusion of human and environment, Industrial Internet Consortium and smart factories up to artificial intelligence. The opportunities seem to be unlimited – already today in our everyday life robotic is as imaginable as fashion that reacts towards its environment.
Additive manufacturing technologies give the chance to go forward future and help visions to take shape.


  • Prize money 15.000 Euro kindly supported by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thüringen.
  • Exhibition at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D in Erfurt (5.–7. June 2018)
  • Award ceremony at gala evening in Erfurt
  • Roadshow at international faire and events

Further prizes will be awarded by our partners:


The competition is open to Students and Young Professionals (companies less than three years experience) and Professionals (that have been in the market for more than three years and private limited companies, independent of their date of foundation) – 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.

Dates 3DPC 2018

5th-7th June 2018
Exhibition of the finalists at the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D, Messe Erfurt

6th June 2018
Galaevening and award ceremony in Erfurt
After that international roadshow stops


Here you may download the detailed 3DPC Formalities 2018 .

Jury 2018

Diana Drewes

Haute Innovation

Sven Eberwein

Member of the Tesla Design Team, Digital Modeler

Barbara Friedrich

Design Consulting & Publishing

Eyal Gever


Sebastian Herkner

Studio Sebastian Herkner, Designer

Julia Körner

Founder and director JK Design GmbH

Achim Menges

AA Dipl. (Hons.) RIBA II, Architect BDA, AKH
Director ICD Uni Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design and Construction

Silvia Olp

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

Dirk Simon

FARSOON Europe GmbH, former BASF3DPrint Solutions -B3DPS

Joachim Stumpp

raumPROBE Managing director

Andrea Velten

IFA3D Medical Solutions GmbH

Christoph Völcker

Head of design and production VOXELWORLD

Wolf Udo Wagner


Anouk Wipprecht

Anouk Wipprecht FashionTech Designer


Here you may find the press information of the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2018: