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3D-Printing Gears up our Future: purmundus challenge 2018 Now Accepting Submissions

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The purmundus challenge, an international competition for the best ideas in 3D printing, has begun for the 6th time. Under this year’s theme, “3D-Printing Gears up our Future”, the contest will seek to recognize solutions that address some of the challenges of the modern world with the help of 3D-printing. The purmundus challenge finalists will then be featured in a special showcase at formnext 2018.

As the demands placed on products and designs continue to rise, new production technologies like Additive Manufacturing are emerging to offer new ways to meet them. „3D-printing has what it takes to influence our future in a way that is both lasting and positive. It gears us up for all eventualities", explains Corinna Ray, Management of purmundus challenge. The purmundus challenge 2018 thus aims to motivate the creative minds out there to explore the perspectives these cutting-edge methods are already opening up today in shaping the innovations of tomorrow. It also wants to encourage to consider employing materials and procedures that have not yet broken through, are still being researched, or have yet to be invented. The purmundus challenge jury will be looking for solutions that stand out not only in terms of their design, innovativeness, and sustainability, but their utility, aesthetics, and cost-effectiveness, as well. Its members include luminaries of the 3D-printing sector, representatives from well-known industrial companies and research institutes, and experts in the surrounding market.

The members of the jury are (in alphabetical order): Christoph Behling – Christoph Behling Design Ltd.; Prof. Richard Bibb – Loughborough University; Isabelle Fröhlich – Volkswagen AG; Tilla Goldberg – Ippolito Fleitz Group; Dr Alexander Hildebrandt – Festo AG & Co. KG; Frank Kleemann – Freelance industrial designer; Andreas Pany – Ernst Strassacker GmbH & Co. KG; Prof. Dali Sun – Beijing University of Technology; Graham Tromans – G P Tromans Associates; and Rainer Zimmermann – zimmermann produktgestaltung.

Designers, engineers, and programmers from practically any type of organization – including engineering firms, design studios, universities as well as start-ups, industrial companies and research institutions – are invited to submit their entries by 23 September 2018. Those who come out on top will be rewarded with prizes valued at a total of EUR 12 000. The aforementioned showcase at formnext will feature the year's finalists on 13–16 November in Frankfurt am Main. On 15 November, the winners of the purmundus challenge 2018 will be selected by the jury and honored at the exhibition. Rounding out the festivities will be this year's audience prize, the winner of which will be determined over the course of formnext 2018 by its attendees.

www.purmundus-challenge.com