3D Pioneers Challenge 2019 now open for submissions

The fourth edition of the 3D printing design challenge has €35,000 in prize money available

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The 2019 edition of the 3D Pioneers Challenge has officially launched, inviting designers and specialists from around the globe to submit their most innovative and boundary pushing 3D printing-related projects. For the fourth year running, the 3D Pioneers Challenge is seeking to find the best AM ideas and projects in the categories of Design, MedTech, FashionTech, Material, Architecture, Digital and Mobility. This year, a new category, Sustainability, has also been added to the roster.

Online registration for the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2019 is now open, and participants have until the 15th of March, 2019 to submit their entries. This edition of the 3D printing challenge has a total of €35,000 in prize money to offer the winners, making it one of the most highly endowed design competitions in the 3D printing industry. (The challenge is funded by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia. A number of other prizes, supplied by 3DPC partners, will also be given away.)

“We are glad about the great support that our design competition receives from the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society as well as from our numerous cooperation partners,” commented Michael Kynast, CEO of MEsse Erfurt GmbH, which organizes the challenge. “This shows the importance of our challenge in the world of additive manufacturing. I am sure that the global reputation of the competition will continue to grow in 2019.”

3D Pioneers Challenge 2019

Important dates for the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2019

  • November, 2018: 3DPC 2019 open for entries
  • 15 March, 2019: Submission deadline
  • 12 April, 2019: Pre-jury panel in Stuttgart
    25-27 June, 2019: Exhibition at Rapid Tech + FabCon 3D at Messe Erfurt
  • 26 June, 2019: Final jury panel and award ceremony

The entries for the 2019 edition of the challenge will be judged by a jury of experts, including representatives from the Bauhaus University Weimar (to mark “100 years of Bauhaus”), Andrej Kupetz from the German Design Council, Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects, designer Ross Lovegrove and a slew of representatives from AM companies. These include Stratasys, Autodesk, BASF, Farsoon Europe, and more.

After the March 2019 deadline, a group of finalist submission will be selected from the entries which will be exhibited at Rapid Tech + FabCon 3D in Erfurt this June. The winners of the 3D Pioneers Challenge will be presented at a gala evening held during the event.

You can see last year’s 3D Pioneers Challenge winners here.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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