International competition for additive manufacturing technologies

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.

Additive and rapid manufacturing processes are no longer in their infancy – their unique features have already helped them to conquer the market and win over end users. Alongside the traditional engineering sectors such as the aerospace industry, additive manufacturing processes are now also being used in medical technology, fashion and architecture, lifting the limits on imagination and individuality.


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 15th anniversary from 5 to 7 June 2018 more than 5,000 international trade visitors and conference participants are expected in Erfurt.

d.sign21 is a 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.



3D Pioneers Challenge
Völcker & Völcker GbR
Simone Völcker
Fronhof 2/1
70378 Stuttgart
+49 (0) 711 477 2748 -0