The jury of the Purmundus Challenge, an annual 3D and 4D printing competition, announced this year’s finalists. Finalists will present their objects between October 28 and December 31, 2020, at the Formnext Connect. The gathering shines a spotlight on forward-looking product ideas from thirteen countries on five continents under the motto “geometry and material in harmony.”
This year marks the eighth presentation of the 3D and 4D printing award for the Purmundus challenge. A total of 35 finalists now stand a chance of winning the prestigious Purmundus challenge trophy. The live-broadcast award ceremony will take place in Frankfurt. In addition to the first three places, the Purmundus challenge will also feature awards in the categories of “Special Mention” and “Simulation-Driven Design”, as well as an “Innovation Prize” and, for the first time, a “Newcomer Prize”. A “people’s choice” award, the winner of which is determined using the exter
nal PollUnit platform, completes the Purmundus challenge.
The Purmundus Challenge is a trademark of cirp GmbH. cirp GmbH produces models, prototypes and small series in polymers with additive manufacturing. The company has been in production since 1994. As a partner in collaborative research projects, the cirp GmbH helps broaden the possibilities of additive manufacturing based on the unique ideas that inform each product.
Purmundus focuses cirp’s ambition in a competitive atmosphere that has produced innovative designs since 2012. Major international players in the 3D printing sector support the competition. The challenge invites the creative exploration of new paths in additive manufacturing. The challenge is open to students, design studios, companies and institutes to participate, with few restrictions on the kind of submission allowed. An international jury evaluates each submission to select a group of finalists. The panel will present the winners with their awards on November 11, 2020. The panel judges each object based on its utility, production cost and aesthetics as well as the design itself and the innovation. The awards are worth a total of 30,000 euros.
The finalists in this year’s challenge produced innovative, forward-looking concepts in the fields of medicine, 4D printing, automation, robotics, kinematics, mobility and aerospace engineering. The finalists’ submissions include two sports products, a fashion collection, textiles as the frame for an item of clothing and shoes. Design products from the film industry and the fields of architecture, interior design, leisure, education, food made from vegetable proteins and a luminescent organism for the living room are also in the running. Innovative new materials, potential applications for professionally manufactured AM porosity and other characteristics of digital materials and new post-processing technology are also presented in this year’s competition.
As 3dpbm reported, 2019’s winner was UrbanAlps’ stealth key, which shows that any object is liable to win this competition if it shows innovative and elegant design.