COMPETITION: 3D Pioneers Challenge 2021

Deadline 31 March 2021! Sign up and Apply now 3DPC 2021! International Design Competition for Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies For the sixth time, whilst the Rapid.Tech 3D the award is aimed at creative, innovative minds and trendsetters across all…

Deadline 31 March 2021!

Sign up and Apply now 3DPC 2021!

International Design Competition for Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies
For the sixth time, whilst the Rapid.Tech 3D the award is aimed at creative, innovative minds and trendsetters across all industries who shape the future. -Pushing boundaries.

Verticals 2021
Design, Digital, Architecture, Material, FashionTech, MedTech, Mobility, Sustainability, Electronics

Focus 2021
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.

Special Feature 2021
In 2021, the 3DPC goes a step further and surprises with a special feature: nTopology, winner of the “3DPC 2020 Digital”, supports this year’s competition 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 the next generation design & engineering software for one month, nTop kick-off in March.
(To ensure your nTop-license: Don’t forget to check the box by signing up for the competition here .) No costs apply.
Detailed information about this special feature please see at the 3DPC nTop-blog.

Prize money of EUR 35.000 kindly supported by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia.

3DPC Trophy
The main prize winner is overall awarded the 3DPC Trophy. This limited edition design object, created especially for the 3DPC, was developed in cooperation with jury member Ross Lovegrove and Hyperganic, winner of “3DPC 2019 Digital” as well as the partner Materialise – as a project of the network 3DPC & Friends.

Special Mention Award by Autodesk
The Autodesk Technology Centers will award 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

Best Student Project
Makerbot rewards the 3DPC Best student project with their SKETCH 3D printer.

Software licenses
As prizes from the software sector, “nTop Full version” licenses are awarded by nTopology “nTop Full version” to two winners, who are determined by the jury, across all categories.

-3dhubs hands its The 3D Printing Handbook
-The publishers for Architecture and Design av edition awards bookprizes for the winners.
Dates 3DPC 2021
3DPC Deadline: 31 March 2021

Rapid.Tech 3D, Messe Erfurt: 22 to 23 June 2021.

Virtual Award ceremony in cooperation with the Messe Erfurt and the Rapid.Tech 3D.
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. Submissions are welcome from previously published projects to brand new ideas.

Information regarding submissions
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Jury 2021
Frank Beckmann
Substitute institute director and head of the department Autonomous Systems, AM Systems of Fraunhofer IAPT

Dr. Justus Bobke
Chairman Verband 3DDruck e.V. , Berlin

Lutz Dietzold
CEO German Design Council

Prof. Mareike Gast
Burg Giebichenstein – Kunsthochschule Halle, department Industrial Design

Valentina Kerst
State secretary for economics and digital society, Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia.

Sonita Lontoh
HP3D Printing Business _ SVP & Global Head of 3D Print Marketing at HP inc

Ross Lovegrove
Ross Lovegrove

Dr. Cora Lüders-Theuerkauf
Network Manager Medical goes Additive e.V / Mobility goes Additive e.V.

Prof. Shlomo Magdassi
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem _ Science, technology and applications of nanomaterials

Silvia Olp
President of aed Stuttgart e.V., aed Society for Advancement of Architecture, Engineering, Design

Joris Peels
Vice President Consulting at SmarTech Analysis and Executive Editor at

Sonja Rasch
Sales Director and BD serial production/aerospace at Materialise

Jasna Rokegem
Jasna Rok Fashion, Technology and Science

Prof. Patrik Schumacher
Zaha Hadid Architects

Vanessa Sigrudson
Manufacturing Industry Engagement Manager, Autodesk Outside Network

Dr. Dirk Simon

Joachim Stumpp
Director raumPROBE

Andreas Velten
IFA3D Medical Solutions GmbH

Dr. Andreas Vlahinos
CTO at Advanced Engineering Solutions

Christoph Völcker
“Innovation Lab – AM” at Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG

Anna Wilhelmi
Senior Designer Adidas Future Team

Further information about 3D Pioneers Challenge 2021 for download:

Press releases

Start 3DPC 2021 in German and
Start 3DPC 2021 in English.
Call for entries

3DPC Regularien 2021 in German and
3DPC Formalities 2021 in English .
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