International competition for additive manufacturing technologies

3DPC - the international platform for pioneers in 3D printing - offers with the competition for Additive Manufacturing processes the stage for all enthusiasts who deal with new technologies using 3D printing to push their projects.

Since 2015 the unique 3D Pioneers Challenge covers a range of verticals and is aimed at designers who are breaking new ground in the field of 3D printing and who understand the key trends in the industry.
The Challenge seeks to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and -pushing boundaries.


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.


The 3D Pioneers Challenge is organized by d.sign21 in collaboration with the Rapid.Tech 3D.

Messe Erfurt GmbH with Rapid.Tech 3D
Rapid.Tech 3D is the leading European congress and exhibition in the field of Additive Manufacturing. Under the motto „Understanding, Seeing. Experiencing“, developers, users and experts from the scene will come together from 4 to 6 May 2021 to inform themselves and exchange information about progress and specialist knowledge in Additive Manufacturing. With user-oriented presentations at the trade congress, the 3D Printing Conference, numerous networking opportunities and over 200 exhibitors at the trade exhibition, Rapid.Tech 3D is a top-class meeting place for the industry that is unique in this form..

The design and consultancy company with a wealth of experience in developing and organising design challenges. Its expertise in design, additive technologies and the global network supports the 3D Pioneers Challenge.

3DPC is the international competition for generative manufacturing and gateway for all enthusiasts who deal with new technologies using the 3D printing to push their projects.

3DPC & friends

The competition 3D Pioneers Challenge has become an international platform where creatives from Advanced Technologies and the industry meet. "3DPC & Friends" is the logical conclusion to connect the players of this network and thus actively live the "paradigm shift in design" together. This generates novel, groundbreaking projects in which everyone can contribute their expertise and where design is rethought. Thus, the 3DPC shows today what tomorrow will bring - pushing boundaries.

3DPC Trophy

The 3DPC Trophy was created within the network "3DPC & Friends"!
In 2020 Ross Lovegrove (3DPC Jurymember) and Hyperganic (3DPC winner Digital 2019) designed together the trophy that will be handed from now on to the 3DPC first prize winners. The beautiful production was realised by the Materialse (3DPC partner).

Watch here the movie about the Movie about the 3DPC Trophy.


Ross Lovegrove

"My appreciation of what you have established in supporting the positive emergence of additive technologies in the 21st Century!"

Michael Kynast, Managing Director of Messe Erfurt GmbH

We are pleased to present the projects of the 3D Pioneers Challenge again in a special exhibition at Rapid.Tech 3D and to offer a suitable presentation frame to the innovative pioneers of 3D printing. Also this year the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society as well as numerous cooperation partners will support this high-quality design competition. We are delighted that the Challenge has established itself so strongly in the additive manufacturing industry and gains reputation worldwide. We are already curious to see which interesting contributions will be submitted this year."

Simone and Christoph Völcker _ 3DPC initiators

It's fascinating how the 3DPC´s network is drawing circles already. Partners as well as the expert jury belong to the Who's Who of the industry and the attention rises: all eyes are now focused on this competition when it comes to AM. Every year we are motivated by the fact that the annual selection of the finalists presents the best concepts and ideas of the inspiring AM industry and also of the young university scene. Not least in the portentous year 2020, the focus is even more towards Advanced Manufacturing - to show the future already today at the exhibition.



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