International competition for additive manufacturing technologies!

International, world-class jury
High-class co-operation partners

Verticals: design, architecture, automotive, fashion, medicine

Exhibition at the Messe Erfurt Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D
Gala event with award ceremony

The Challenge seeks to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and -pushing boundaries!

Where does using additive manufacturing make sense, today and in the near future? How can it be integrated on a conceptual and practical level into areas such as hybrids, the Internet of things and Industry 4.0, or help to drive them forward? Who are the pioneers of nowadays, combining the latest technologies and developing practical applications, integrating them into existing processes or creating brand new, trend-setting concepts?

3DPC 2016

The exhibition at the Messe Erfurt at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D was a great success, the booth was full of interesting visitors and the feed-back was gorgeous. The gala-evening was the amazing final event to this!


Congratulation to the winners of the 3DPC 2016.
Thanks to the Messe Erfurt and the Jury!

The winners are:

1. Prize: 5.000€
Nano 3D Drucker MBZ-2PP
Norman Petzold, Olaf Mollenhauer, Eric Markweg, Thomas Kowallik
Jurys comment:
Most brilliant innovation.
Significant use of 3D printed nano-structures.

2. Prize: 4.000€
Prothese Pangolin
Clemens Rieth
HFG Pforzheim
Jurys comment:
Perfect synthesis of bionic, individual fit and design in fashion. Too beautiful to be hidden behind dresses.

3. Prize: 3.000€
Mensch Maschine
Tobias Brambor, Lena Popiolek, Marcus Hackner, Marius Rossenthal, Thyl Niebergall, Andrey Jefimov
HAWK Hildesheim
Jurys comment:
New interpretation of the "Seifenkiste" by using 3D printed, self-supporting, bionic structures.

3. Prize: 3.000€
Juicy bites
Lun Yeh
Hochschule Darmstadt
Jurys comment:
Reimagines the classic kitchen aid in new way. This is vegetable combination 4.0. The designer likes the Multisensorical Experiences of Stanley Kubrick.!

Special Mention

Apart from the prizes, "Special mention" have been awarded!
They will be part of the Roadshow of the 3DPC 2016!
Congratulation to:

Lea Huch
Projekt Samsen GmbH

Bio-inspired 3D Printed Hygroscopic Programmable Material Systems
David Correa, Prof Achim Menges, Steffen Reichert
ICD University Stuttgart

WertelOberfell GbR

Documenting climate change through 3D Printing
Darlene Farris-LaBar
East Stroudsburg University

Francesca Camillleri, Nadia Doukhi, Alvaro Rodriquez Lopez, Roman Strukov
The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Danit Peleg

Message in a Cake
Daniel Wilkens
Folkwang Universität Essen

Klaus Liese

Roadshow 2016

The 3DPC is organizing a roadshow and presents the exhibits of the Winners and Special Mention on several fairs, events and platforms.

Here the actual dates:

27th June 2016
Presentation in the Paul-Löbe-Haus, Deutscher Bundestag Berlin with the association for 3D printing Verband 3DDruck

26th July 2016
Vernissage „the Future of Lifestyle“ at LEXUS Forum Düsseldorf, after the Platform Fashion

22th September 2016
Exhibition with VOXELWORLD with swiss private bank PICTET
Stuttgart Airport

6th of October 2016
Exhibition with VOXELWORLD with swiss private bank PICTET
Essen Zeche Zollverein

25.-29 th October 2016
Smart Office Materials
ORGATEC, KölnMesse Cologne
Innovation show with smart and sustainable materials and energy harvesting solutions
With Haute Innovation

8.–11 th November 2016
Materials Revolution 2016
Trend show ofHaute Innovation on material innovations for the technical supply industry
Elmia Subcontractor Trade Show, Jönköping/Sweden


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.

Jury 2016

Our international, high-class jury is made up of professionals who work in this year’s verticals.

Jury members (amongst others)

Francis BitontiFrancis Bitonti Studio
Florian Horsch3D Druck Consulting and author
Silvia OlpManagement aed e.V., aed Society for Advancement of Architecture, Engineering, Design
Rachel ParkEditorial services
Diana DrewesHaute Innovation, Geschäftsführer
Tom SchönherrManaging Partner Phoenix Design Stuttgart/München/Shanghai
Joachim StumppraumPROBE Managing director, architect
Prof. Andreas UebeleBüro Uebele
Andreas VeltenInstitute for anaplastology Berlin
Christoph VölckerVOXELWORLD
Wolf Udo WagnerStudio Wagner:Design, Deutscher Designer Club DDC
Kai Uwe WitteXO Designgroup

Finalists 2016

Press 2016

Download our 3DPC Presskit

The photos of the exhibits may be used (printed and published) only with the following declaration: „Bildquelle: Messe Erfurt GmbH / Fotograf: Marco Wicher", and only in Relation to information towards the 3D Pioneers Challenge. A usage of the photos for own purposes and own advertisement is not allowed, as the photos belong to the Messe Erfurt GmbH.

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d.sign21 has organized the 3D Pioneers Challenge in collaboration with the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D .

Messe Erfurt GmbH with Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D
The Rapid.Tech international trade show and User’s Conference is aimed specifically at users and developers of Additive Manufacturing technologies. With participants from over 18 countries, it is one of the most important information events in Europe. 180 exhibitors, over 4,500 trade visitors and more than 900 conference participants from Europe and around the globe are expected in Erfurt from 20th to 22nd June 2017. Since 2013, Rapid.Tech has been run in tandem with FabCon 3.D, which focuses on people with an interest outside the traditional industries. It is a meeting point both for creative start-ups and for experts and major players in the 3D Printing community.

d.sign21 (Völcker&Völcker GbR)
d.sign21 is a design and consultancy company with a wealth of experience in developing and organising design challenges. Its 3D Pioneers Challenge brings together expertise in design, additive technologies and the global network.

DDC, Deutscher Designer Club
The 3D Pioneers Challenge is under the patronage of the DDC, Deutscher Designer Club.



3D Pioneers Challenge
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