The call for entries is closed

A big THANK YOU to all particiants for their numerous and inspiring entries from all over the world!
Now it´s time to cross fingers, as all submissions will now be reviewed in detail and then evaluated in the multi-stage jury process.


International Competition for Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies

The ninth edition of the 3D Pioneers Challenge seeks the creative innovations with long-term appeal, as well as operational projects that drive the implementation of additive technologies in the established manufacturing industry.
The international competition will be hosted at Rapid.Tech 3D, Messe Erfurt, which will give additive technologies a stage for the 20th time from 14 to 16 May 2024 and provide significant impulses for the sector of AM.

Focus 2024

Collaborative Mindset

Cutting-edge processes, materials and procedures are creating ground-breaking applications in Additive Manufacturing and thus offering chances for the economy, industry and sustainability, for a responsible production.
Implementation in the established manufacturing industry however demands a "collaborative mindset" - the mutual, open attitude of working cooperatively and courageously towards common goals. Where are realistic applications in the industry and what best practices are already in progress?

This open mindset becomes apparent in the convergence of advanced technologies. When robotics, smart materials, cloud technologies or blockchain interact with additive processes, this leads to disruptive concepts and sharpens the focus for strategy changes and pave the way for meaningful advancements.

A gaze upon the impressively vibrant developments in Artificial Intelligence, such as automated image generation, provides a glimpse of the possible when AI generates three-dimensional products that are then translated from the digital to the real world through additive processes.

The 3D Pioneers Challenge seeks and supports the pioneers pursuing these ground-breaking approaches.

Verticals 2024

Find the detailed describtion: for download here


Formalities in English or Formalities in German


Prize money
of EUR 35.000
kindly supported by the Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs Science and Digital Society .

3DPC Trophy
The main prize winner will be awarded the "3DPC Trophy". This limited edition design object, created especially for the 3DPC, was developed in 2020 as a project within "3DPC & Friends", in cooperation with the jury member Ross Lovegrove, the winner of "3DPC 2019 Digital" Hyperganic and partner Materialise .

Special Mention by Autodesk Technology Centers
The Autodesk Technology Centers recognize excellence in the 3DPC by providing the opportunity to 3 winners to join the Autodesk Technology Centers Outsight Network - a global community of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and researchers building future-focused technology in design, AEC, manufacturing, and more that is destined to change our world.
Further information for download here and at Autodesk Technology Centers .

3D Printer

Digital tools

  • 3YOURMIND awards a "3YOURMIND Software & Consulting" package for the "Best industrial project".
    Find out more about this prize.

  • CASTOR awards the "Sustainability benefit- award”. The winner will receive training from CASTOR and access to the CASTOR software for a sustainability analysis of his applications.
    Find out more about this prize.

  • nTop gives two "nTop full versions "

Business tools

  • Coaching to scale to the next level
    „Push your business to the next level“ with the customized coaching by AM Ventures Depending on the approach the winning team will get input towards „Pitch Coaching“, “Business modell“ or „Scaling“.
    Find out more.

  • Meet the experts
    Expert dialogue with 10xDNA, Frank Thelen and Paul Schmidt.
    Find out more.

avedition, the publishers for Architecture and Design hands out books for the winners.

The prizes and specials are selected with the partners of the 3DPC & Friends network to support participants in taking the best advantages for their projects.

Special Feature 2024

3D Pioneers Challenge and nTop are partnering again to give 3DPC participants free access to nTop. After the successful premiere of this “Special feature” in 2021, 3DPC and nTop were happy to provide this again to the submitters so that they could benefit to bring their entries to the next level.
nTop winner of the "3DPC 2020 Digital", supports as part of the 3DPC & Friends network. Participants have the opportunity to obtain a license for the nTop platform as well as additional training materials for designing and producing a submission with this "next generation design & engineering software".

Detailed information see here the nTop blog about the 3DPC cooperation.


The competition is aimed at those who shape the future working in design or technical fields, as well as the automotive, software engineering, research and medical sectors - who are breaking new ground with advanced technologies, considering the entire value chain of additive manufacturing processes and feeling the important trends.
Previously published to novel projects may be submitted as well as entries that have been created in group work.

Jury 2024

Ralf Anderhofstadt

Head of Center of Competence Additive Manufacturing & AMS – Additive Manufacturing Solutions Daimler Truck | Author

Martin Back

CEO of BASF Forward AM BASF Forward AM

Frank Beckmann

Deputy Head of Institute, Fraunhofer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christiane Beyer

Dean of 'Product Development and Design' at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Dr. Shajay Bhooshan

B.Arch, M.Arch, M.Phil - Associate Director Zaha Hadid Architects

Stefanie Brickwede

Managing director project 3D printing/ Head of AM
DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH ; Managing director Mobility goes Additive e.V - mga

Lutz Dietzold

Chief Executive Officer, German Design Council

Magí Galindo

Scientific & Technical Director at IAM3DHUB

Stephan Galozy

CPO at

Sarah Goehrke

Founder Additive Integrity

Arno Held

Managing Partner AM Ventures

Dr. Karsten Heuser

Vice President Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Digital Industries

Thomas Hundt

Prof. Thomas Hundt
CEO jangled nerves

Brian Ingold

Head of Applications and Adoption at

Carina Lebsack

Head of Corporate Sustainability & Circularity
Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

Marie-Lucie Linde

Sustainability expert and founding member of the cooperative sustainable natives and Managing Partner at nextblooming GmbH

Ulf Lindhe

Business Innovator and Additive Manufacturing Advisor,
Chief Marketing OfficerADAXIS

Ross Lovegrove

Lovegrove Studio

Dr. Cora Lüders-Theuerkauf

Network Manager Medical goes Additive e.V / Mobility goes Additive e.V.

Alana Mongkhounsavath

Strategic Development Manager with Autodesk Research // Special Mention by Autodesk, Autodesk Technology centers

Sherri Monroe

Executive Director, Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association AMGTA

Kristin Mulherin

Founder & President, AM-Cubed // President, Women in 3D Printing

Naomi Nathan

Network Manager Medical goes Additive e.V / Mobility goes Additive e.V.

Joris Peels

Vice President Consulting at SmarTech Analysis and Executive Editor at

Sonja Rasch

Sales Director and BD serial production/aerospace at Materialise GmbH

Paul Schmidt

Senior Research Analyst

Dr.-Ing. Sascha Schwarz

Managing Director
TUM Venture Lab Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Dirk Simon

Interim Manager, Special Projects - FKM Sintertechnik GmbH

Peter Storey

Principal Research Engineer, Autodesk Research 's Industry Futures team

Joachim Stumpp

Director raumPROBE

Andreas Velten

IFA3D Medical Solutions GmbH

Christoph Völcker

"Innovation Lab - AM" at Würth Elektronik eiSos
GmbH & Co. KG


3DPC2024 Start

Check out the interview with 3dnatives and the founders of 3DPC.

Call for entries 2024
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