International competition for additive manufacturing technologies

3DPC - the international platform for pioneers in 3D printing.
The international competition for additive manufacturing builts the gateway for all enthusiasts who deal with new technologies and use 3D printing to push their projects.

Since 2015 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 and who understand the key trends in the industry.
The Challenge seeks to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and -pushing boundaries.


The competition is open to Students and companies (Young Professionals and Professionals) working in design or technical fields, as well as the automotive, research and medical sectors.
We welcome submissions from previously published projects to brand new ideas.
The jury will also take into account whether each project was submitted by students, young professionals or professionals.


The 3D Pioneers Challenge is organized by d.sign21 in collaboration with the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D.

Messe Erfurt GmbH with Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D
Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D is one of Europe‘s most important events in the field of Additive Manufacturing. It has been providing information about the status and development of Rapid Prototyping, the direct production of end products by using Additive Manufacturing as well as the way into series production. With more than 100 user-oriented lectures in the specialist conference and the 3D Printing Conference as well as more than 200 exhibitors on the show floor Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D is a high-class industry get-together which is unique in this form. For the 16th anniversary from 25 to 27 June 2019 more than 5,000 international trade visitors and conference participants are expected in Erfurt.

The design and consultancy company with a wealth of experience in developing and organising design challenges. Its expertise in design, additive technologies and the global network suports the 3D Pioneers Challenge.

3DPC is the international competition for generative manufacturing and gateway for all enthusiasts who deal with new technologies using the 3D printing to push their projects.

DDC, Deutscher Designer Club
The 3D Pioneers Challenge is under the patronage of the DDC, Deutscher Designer Club.


Ross Lovegrove

My appreciation of what you have established in supporting the positive emergence of additive technologies in the 21st Century!


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