Apply now for 3DPC 2020!

International Design-competition for additive manufacturing

Already for the fifth 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.
With Messe Erfurt and Rapid.Tech 3D, 3DPC seeks to uncover the specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and...
pushing boundaries.

Verticals 2020

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

Focus 2020

It´s the year 2020...
Visions of the future sketched our present age as an impressive time in which technical achievements and intelligent objects support people, interact with their surroundings and enrich the world.
Today, 3D printing, material innovations, artificial intelligence and robotics have long since become a decisive focus of science, industry and society. Products are virtually developed and simulated. They receive an astonishing new aesthetic and efficiency in their performance.
The latest developments e.g. in bioprinting, 3D printed electronics through to soft robotics or large-size construction are inspiring. Moreover pioneers are researching nanomaterials or designing shape-changing products, creating smart 4D printing.
In the sustainable and industrial design of tomorrow, interdisciplinary action and creative lateral thinking are the keys to innovation- Advanced Manufacturing.
3DPC 2020, be part of the future and push the boundaries! APPLY NOW!


Prize money 35.000 Euro kindly supported by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia.

  • Exhibition of the finalists at Rapid.Tech 3D, Trade Show Erfurt, Germany (5 –7 May 2020)
  • Award ceremony at gala evening in Erfurt at Rapid.Tech 3D
  • One year Roadshow at international events

Best student project
MakerBotEMEA hands for the best student project the MakerBot Replicator+

Special Mention by Autodesk
Autodesk awards an opportunity to join their highly regarded Autodesk Technology Centers Residency program in N. America at one of the locations - San Francisco, Boston, or Toronto.
The Residency Program at the Autodesk Technology Centers provides open workspaces for teams from industry, academic, and startup communities doing forward-looking work in the areas of construction, manufacturing, and emerging technologies.
Further Information here

Further Prizes by our partners

Dates 3DPC 2020

November 2019
Start of 3DPC 2020

1st March 2020
Deadline for submissions

5 - 7 May 2020
Exhibition of the finalists at the tradeshow Rapid.Tech 3.D, Messe Erfurt, Germany

6 May 2020
Galaevening and award ceremony in Erfurt of Rapid.Tech 3D
Afterwards international Roadshow of the exhibits of the finalists for one year.


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 2020 .
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Flyer 3DPC 2020 here

Jury 2020

Stefanie Brickwede

Managing director project 3D printing/ Head of AM
DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH ; Managing director Mobility goes Additive e.V

Diana Drewes

Haute Innovation, Material and Technology

Prof. Dr.Ing. Claus Emmelmann

Director of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies IAPT

Arno Held

Chief Venture Officer AM Ventures

Marco Kormann

Director Technology Innovation adidas AG

Prof. Dr Manuel Kretzer

Materiability Research Group
Dessau Department of Design I Hochschule Anhalt | Dessau

Andrej Kupetz

CEO German Design Council

Sonita Lontoh

HP 3D Printing Business
SVP & Global Head of 3D Print Marketing at HP inc

Ross Lovegrove

Lovegrove Studio

Dr. Cora Lüders-Theuerkauf

Network Manager Medical goes Additive e.V / Mobility goes Additive e.V.

Prof. Shlomo Magdassi

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem _ Science, technology and applications of nanomaterials

Dr. Marco Nock

Director Innovation Management EOS GmbH
Electro Optical Systems

Silvia Olp

President aed e.V.

Jessica Rosenkrantz

Co-founder and Creative Director Nervous System

Patrik Schumacher

Zaha Hadid Architects

Vanessa Sigurdson

Manufacturing Industry Engagement Manager, at Autodesk Technology Centers

Dr. Dirk Simon


Joachim Stumpp

Director of raumPROBE

Andreas Velten

IFA3D Medical Solutions GmbH

Christoph Völcker

"Innovation Lab - 3D Printing" at Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co and "Würth Innovation Lab - Advanced Manufacturing".

Janine Wunder

Vice President Communications and Marketing at the German Design Council


Here you may download further information of the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2020.