International Design Competition for Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies

For the seventh time the award is aimed at creative, innovative minds and trendsetters across all industries who shape the future. -Pushing boundaries.
It will be announced as part of Rapid.Tech 3D, (Messe Erfurt, 17-19 May 2022).

Focus 2022

Convergence - disruptive and established industries meet to create a responsible future

When complementary fields join forces, this convergence can evolve to something meaningful.
Additive manufacturing has more than achieved a “proof of concept” status throughout the last decade. Disruptive technologies offer a whole range of functional, project-specific one-offs and have been tested in numerous verticals.
The established industry faces rising challenges of their future-proof and social impact and the need of responsible manufacturing. Not least the Green Deal is pushing to respond to the inevitable development towards sustainability.
Advanced technologies such as 3D printing can enable solutions to this challenge – when implementing them strategically into established processes.
The concept of sustainability has multilayered implications – ranging from the economic to ecologic. But, underpinning all of these layers is that sustainability needs to appeal-to, and be driven by a responsible human mindset.

The 3D Pioneers Challenge addresses pioneers brave enough to pave the path for technology-transfer that will enable sustainable production in the future. This technology-transfer is unlocked as a spectrum ranging from those who take wise-incremental steps in established industry, to those who are inventing brand new concepts in the entrepreneurial start-ups and academic sectors.

The 3DPC invites you to use the platform. Present. Meet. Converge – to create together a better, responsible future. Let´s be pioneers and push the boundaries.

Verticals 2022

Special Feature 2022

3D Pioneers Challenge and nTopology are partnering again to give 3DPC participants free access to nTopology. After the successful premiere of this “Special feature” in 2021, 3DPC and nTopology are happy to provide this again to the submitters so that they can benefit to bring their entries to the next level.
nTopology winner of the "3DPC 2020 Digital", supports as part of the 3DPC & Friends network. Participants have the opportunity to obtain a license for the nTop platform as well as additional training materials for designing and producing a submission with this "next generation design & engineering software".
Detailed information about this special feature please see here the nTop blog about the 3DPC cooperation.


Timeline 3DPC 2022

  • Submission Deadline: 14 March 2022
  • Rapid.Tech 3D, Messe Erfurt: 17- 19 May 2022.


The competition is aimed at those who shape the future working in design or technical fields, as well as the automotive, software engineering, research and medical sectors, all enthusiasts that use 3D printing. who are breaking new ground with advanced technologies, considering the entire value chain of additive manufacturing processes and feeling the important trends.

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Jury 2022

Frank Beckmann

Substitute institute director and head of the department Autonomous Systems, AM Systems of Fraunhofer IAPT

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christiane Beyer

Dean of 'Product Development and Design' at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Zoé Bezpalko

Autodesk Sustainability Strategy Manager, Design & Manufacturing

Shajay Bhooshan

B.Arch, M.Arch, M.Phil, Associate Director Zaha Hadid Architects

Mario Brandenburg

MoP, Spokesman for the free democrates for science, technology and innovation in the German Bundestag

Stefanie Brickwede

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

Alejandro Delgado

Senior 3D Design Expert Innovation _ HUGO BOSS

Lutz Dietzold

Chief Executive Officer
German Design Council

Diana Drewes

Biodesigner at
HAUTE INNOVATION , material developer
Technology scout, author, teacher
Expert in biofabrication with fungi, proteins and bacteria

Pia Harlaß

Head of Marketing Communications,
Brand & Experience at DyeMansion

Arno Held

Managing Partner AM Ventures

Dr. Karsten Heuser

Vice President Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Digital Industries

Prof. Thomas Hundt

CEO jangled nerves

Gil Lavi

3D Alliances Founder & CEO

Carina Lebsack

Head of Corporate Sustainability & Circularity
at Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

Marie-Lucie Linde

Sustainability expert and founding member of the cooperative sustainable natives

Ross Lovegrove

Studio Lovegrove

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

Joris Peels

Vice President Consulting at SmarTech Analysis and Executive Editor at

Michael Petch

Editor-in-chief 3D Printing Industry 3D Printing Industry

Sonja Rasch

Sales Director and BD serial production/aerospace at
Materialise GmbH

Virginia San Fratello

Partner bei Rael San Fratello und Emerging Objects,
Vorsitzende des Fachbereichs Design an der San Jose State University

Prof. Patrik Schumacher

Principal Zaha Hadid Architects

Dr. Dirk Simon


Matthew Spremulli

Innovation Development Manager, Autodesk Research:
Technology Centers

Joachim Stumpp

Director raumPROBE

Andreas Velten

IFA3D Medical Solutions GmbH

Christoph Völcker

"Innovation Lab - AM"at Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG


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