Congratulations to this year's winners and a big thank you to all involved- particpants, jury members and partners!
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In the sixth year of the competition for innovations, submissions from 32 countries and 5 continents faced the top-class 21-member international jury.
The focus of the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2021 was not only on the core area of additive manufacturing, but also on innovations in the field of advanced technologies. The group of participants included pioneers from professionals, young professionals, start-ups and students.
In the multi-stage jury process, 43 finalists and 8 winners were selected from the numerous entries. The digital award ceremony was streamed on 22 June 2021 and prizes worth a total of over 70,000 EUR were awarded to the winners.
A Paradigm Shift
We are facing challenges that our generation has never experienced before - the world is upside down. Society is changing - we are searching and finding solutions to find our way in a "New Normal".
It is in our nature to reflect, to rethink many things. What is essential - what is superfluous? What is sustainable - what can or must we improve? What if ...?
Change gives room for new ideas - room for new technologies.
Digital processes and advanced technologies are taking their place in the holistic life cycle of products, pushing the seemingly unlimited possibilities. Sustainable strategies and forward-looking concepts are becoming an essential need.
The 3D Pioneers Challenge 2021 is looking for the creative minds and innovators that make the future such as students, start-ups and companies who help shape the "Paradigm Shift" and gives them the platform to present their visions and products to the general public.
The nominees for the 2021 final clearly showed a "paradigm shift" - projects and products are being rethought through digital processes and technologies. Sustainability plays a major role in the "new normal", both ecologically and economically. Socially innovative concepts are taking steps into a progressive era of change. Back to the roots with new possibilities. The desire for the individuals in a "new world" characterised by consciousness.
"What if..." our nature is allowed to endure sustainably forever through new technologies and their cycles? "What if..." natural materials find their way into industrial use?
In 2021, the 3DPC went a step further and surprised with a special feature: nTopology, winner of the "3DPC 2020 Digital", supports this year's competition as part of the 3DPC & Friends network. Participants had the opportunity to obtain a license for the nTop platform as well as additional training materials for designing and producing a submission with this the next generation design & engineering software for one month.
Detailed information about this special feature please see the nTop blog.
Prize money of EUR 35.000 kindly supported by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia.
The main prize winner was 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 Award by Autodesk
The Autodesk Technology Centers awarded an opportunity to three winners to join the Autodesk 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 here and at www.autodesk.com/technology-centers
Design for Manufacturing – 'The Brush'
Design for Construction – 'WAAM Diagrid Column'
Design for Sustainability – 'Protomycokion'
As prizes from the software sector, "nTop Full version" licenses were given by nTopology to two winners.
We hope to see you next year at Rapid.Tech 3D Messe Erfurt from 16-18 May 2022!
Call for entries for 3DPC 2022 open again in November 3DPC2022.
At the 3DKonzeptLabs, the 3D Printing Association invited everyone interested in additive manufacturing to find out about trends and innovations. National and international speakers present current projects. The focus was on the exchange of ideas and networking. As partners we brought in talks by Finalists and Winners of 3DPC 2021.
Further information about 3D Pioneers Challenge 2021 for download:
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