‘Beyond 3D printing’ announced as theme of purmundus challenge 2019

June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019

'Beyond 3D printing' announced as theme of purmundus challenge 2019

The purmundus challenge showcase at Formnext 2018 (Courtesy purmundus challenge)


The theme of this year’s purmundus challenge will be ‘Beyond 3D printing’, the organisers have announced. The competition, which is sponsored by Germany’s VDMA, is described as the ‘international trend radar for creative developments in Additive Manufacturing’. Entries from winners and finalists will appear in a special showcase at Formnext 2019, which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from November 18–22.

This year, the international competition will reportedly allow for the fact that Additive Manufacturing has reached what the organisers call ‘a plateau of productivity’, and so will no longer define innovations solely in terms of technical feasibility. Other important factors which will be considered include increasing utility and efficiency through tailored solutions and outstanding and appealing design.

The purmundus challenge is open to individuals, professionals, organisations, and companies. Entries will be judged by an international panel of judges including Christoph Behling, Christoph Behling Design Ltd., London, UK; Prof Richard Bibb, Loughborough University; Isabelle Fröhlich, Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, Germany; Tilla Goldberg, Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany; James Helliwell, McLaren Group, Surrey, UK; Dr Alexander Hildebrandt, Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen, Germany; Frank Kleemann, Selbstständiger Industriedesigner), Andreas Pany, Ernst Strassacker GmbH & Co. KG, Süssen, Germany; Prof Dali Sun, Beijing Institute of Technology; Graham Tromans, G. P. Tromans Associates, Dudley, UK; and Rainer Zimmermann, zimmermann produktgestaltung, Ulm, Germany.

Various prizes with a total value of €12,000 will be awarded. In addition to the top three prizes, an Innovation Prize, a Special Mention and an Audience Award will also be made. The award ceremony will take place during Formnext on November 21, 2019.

Corinna Ray, head of the purmundus challenge, commented, “Once again in 2019, designers in the 3D and 4D sector can take part in the purmundus challenge completely free of charge. The design competition offers newcomers and professionals alike a great opportunity to boost the confidence of potential customers and sponsors in their additive solution.”

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019. Further information is available via the event’s website.



June 6, 2019

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