3DPC 2017

International competition for additive manufacturing technologies!

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

Verticals: Design, Architecture, Automotive, FashionTech, MedTech

Already for the second time the Challenge seeks to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and -pushing boundaries!

3D-Printing has the potential for the digital world to become real. Where do the developments of additive manufacturing lead to and which opportunies do they offer?
Interdisciplinary teamwork causes chances for creative new paths - because innovation needs a view from the top.
Who are the pioneers of nowadays that break new ground, who combine new techniques and create something unpredictable, unknown and new? Designer who push the process, demonstrate conceptional and practical ideas and think outside the box.


Prize money of EUR 15.000

Exhibition at the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D in Erfurt (20.–22. June 201)7

Exhibition will go on roadshow on international fairs

Award ceremony and gala event


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.

Timesheet 3DPC 2017

December 2016
Call for entries opens

31st of March 2017
Submission deadline

20.-22 June 2017
Exhibition of the finalists’ projects at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D, Messe Erfurt

20th of June 2017
Gala evening with award ceremony
followed by International roadshow

Review 3DPC 2016

Winner and Special Mention

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

Roadshow 2016

The 3DPC was organizing a roadshow for the special mention and winners 2016 and presented them on several fairs, events and platforms.

Here the 3DPC Roadshow stops:

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

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.

Download pictures to 3DPC exhibition and ceremony
Download pictures of the 3DPC special mention
Download pictures of the 3DPC winners


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