International Design Competition for Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies

For the sixth time with the Rapid.Tech 3D, the award is aimed at creative, innovative minds and trendsetters across all industries who shape the future. -Pushing boundaries.

Verticals 2021

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

Focus 2021

A Paradigm Shift
We are facing challenges that our generation has never experienced before - the world is upside down. Society is changing - we are searching and finding solutions to find our way in a "New Normal".
It is in our nature to reflect, to rethink many things. What is essential - what is superfluous? What is sustainable - what can or must we improve? What if ...?
Change gives room for new ideas - room for new technologies.
Digital processes and advanced technologies are taking their place in the holistic life cycle of products, pushing the seemingly unlimited possibilities. Sustainable strategies and forward-looking concepts are becoming an essential need.
The 3D Pioneers Challenge 2021 is looking for the creative minds and innovators that make the future such as students, start-ups and companies who help shape the "Paradigm Shift" and gives them the platform to present their visions and products to the general public.

Special Feature 2021

In 2021, the 3DPC goes a step further and surprises with a special feature: nTopology, winner of the "3DPC 2020 Digital", supports this year's competition 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 the next generation design & engineering software for one month, nTop kick-off in March.
(To ensure your nTop-license: Don’t forget to check the box by signing up for the competition here .) No costs apply.
Detailed information about this special feature please see here the nTop blog about the 3DPC cooperation.


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

  • 3DPC Trophy
    The main prize winner is awarded the "3DPC Trophy". This limited edition design object, created especially for the 3DPC, was developed in 2020 as a project within "3DPC & Friends", in cooperation with the jury member Ross Lovegrove, the winner of "3DPC 2019 Digital" Hyperganic and partner Materialise.

  • Special Mention Award by Autodesk
    The Autodesk Technology Centers will award an opportunity to three winners to join the Autodesk Outsight Network - a global community of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and researchers building future-focused technology in design, AEC, manufacturing, and more that is destined to change our world.
    Further information here and at (Link: https://www.autodesk.com/technology-centers text: www.autodesk.com/technology-centers)

  • Best Student Project
    Makerbot rewards the 3DPC Best student project with their SKETCH 3D printer.

  • Software licenses
    As prizes from the software sector, "nTop Full version" licenses are awarded by nTopology to two winners, who are determined by the jury, across all verticals.

  • Bookprizes
    -3dhubs hands its The 3D Printing Handbook and
    -The publishers for Architecture and Design av edition awards bookprizes for the winners.


Special Mention



Frank Beckmann

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

Dr. Justus Bobke

Chairman Verband 3DDruck e.V. , Berlin

Lutz Dietzold

Chief Executive Officer German Design Council

Prof. Mareike Gast

Burg Giebichenstein - Kunsthochschule Halle, department Industrial Design

Valentina Kerst

State secretary Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia.

Sonita Lontoh

HP3D Printing Business _ SVP & Global Head of 3D Print Marketing at HP inc

Ross Lovegrove

Ross 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

Silvia Olp

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

Joris Peels

Vice President Consulting at SmarTech Analysis and Executive Editor at 3DPrint.com

Sonja Rasch

Sales Director and BD serial production/aerospace at Materialise

Jasna Rokegem

Jasna Rok Fashion, Technology and Science

Prof. Patrik Schumacher

Zaha Hadid Architects

Vanessa Sigrudson

Manufacturing Industry Engagement Manager, Autodesk Outsight Network

Dr. Dirk Simon


Joachim Stumpp

Director raumPROBE

Andreas Velten

IFA3D Medical Solutions GmbH

Dr. Andreas Vlahinos

CTO at Advanced Engineering Solutions

Christoph Völcker

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

Anna Wilhelmi

Senior Designer Adidas Future Team


22nd Jun 2021 – 23rd Jun 2021
Rapid.Tech 3D _ Messe Erfurt

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