The international design competition for Additive Manufacturing processes and Advanced Technologies is the most prestigious award of its kind and is one of the most highly endowed worldwide. The annual announcement and presentation of the finalists is considered to be the innovation monitor of the industry. Unique in its structure, the competition has been addressing specialists who think outside the box since 2015 - pushing boundaries!
Over the years, the Challenge has become a platform with a worldwide network and is an interface for creative future-makers, pioneers of advanced technologies and innovators from research and industry.
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.
Messe Erfurt GmbH with Rapid.Tech 3D
The Rapid.Tech 3D in Erfurt will take place on 22 and 23 June 2021 as a congress event with an accompanying exhibition. Visitors can experience the Rapid.Tech 3D trade congress both as a live event on site in the CongressCenter of Messe Erfurt. In addition, interested exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their developments, products and services in an accompanying show in the CongressCenter.
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 supports the 3D Pioneers Challenge.
Under the umbrella of 3DPC & Friends, 3DPC brings together the creative minds and high-tech pioneers of the 3DPC platform in an interdisciplinary way, resulting in new, groundbreaking projects in which everyone can contribute and live out their expertise - design rethought! The 3DPC shows today what tomorrow will bring - pushing boundaries.
3DPC & Friends 2021:
nTopology and 3DPC
In 2021 the next project of 3DPC & Friends is the partnering with nTopology,
The 3DPC is cooperating with nTopology. The winner "3DPC 2020 Digital" supports this year's competition as part of the 3DPC & Friends network and give participants a free license for the nTop platform as well as training materials for the engineering software whilst the competition. Users will be able to see 3D printing to its fullest potential and gives everyone the opportunity to shape their ideas and concepts.
More information at the nTop 3DPC blog
The 3DPC Trophy was created within the network "3DPC & Friends"!
In 2020 Ross Lovegrove (3DPC Jurymember) and Hyperganic (3DPC winner Digital 2019) designed together the trophy that will be handed from now on to the 3DPC first prize winners. The beautiful production was realised by the Materialse (3DPC partner).
Watch here the movie about the Movie about the 3DPC Trophy.
"My appreciation of what you have established in supporting the positive emergence of additive technologies in the 21st Century!"
We are pleased to present the projects of the 3D Pioneers Challenge again in a special exhibition at Rapid.Tech 3D and to offer a suitable presentation frame to the innovative pioneers of 3D printing. Also this year the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society as well as numerous cooperation partners will support this high-quality design competition. We are delighted that the Challenge has established itself so strongly in the additive manufacturing industry and gains reputation worldwide. We are already curious to see which interesting contributions will be submitted this year."
It's fascinating how the 3DPC´s network is drawing circles already. Partners as well as the expert jury belong to the Who's Who of the industry and the attention rises: all eyes are now focused on this competition when it comes to Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies. Every year we are motivated by the fact that the annual selection of the finalists presents as Innovation monitor the best concepts and ideas of the inspiring AM industry and also of the young university scene.
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