‘Innovation in progress’ announced as theme of purmundus challenge 2021

June 9, 2021

The purmundus challenge 2021 will focus on the theme of ‘Innovation in progress’ (Courtesy purmundus challenge)

‘Innovation in progress’ has been announced as the theme of this year’s purmundus challenge, an international competition for design in Additive Manufacturing. The finalists and winners will be presented at Formnext 2021, scheduled to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, from November 16–19.

The international judging panel will select the winners of the purmundus challenge and present them with their awards at the trade fair on November 18. In addition, a prize for the ‘public’s choice’, will be voted for over the duration of the event by attendees.

In addition to innovation in Additive Manufacturing, the process of innovation itself is becoming increasingly innovative explains the organisers. “At the same time, the technocentric focus is becoming less and less important. In its stead, a new culture and a systematic art of innovation is emerging that is both multi-layered and multifaceted and allows a fluid transition from the prototype to the series-produced product,” it is stated. This is said to be why the focus this year centres on interactions within the innovation process, and on the back-and-forth between individual functions and protagonists working towards a shared goal.

As part of the competition, participants tackle the challenge of identifying useful, end-to-end solutions for Additive Manufacturing. In addition to a hybrid production functionality, the aim is also to create a guiding idea for the AM and production of tomorrow.

The organisers once again encourage entrants to consider methods and materials that have not yet become established, are still the subject of research or are yet to be invented.

The 2021 purmundus challenge jury includes Christoph Behling, Christoph Behling Design Ltd; Prof Richard Bibb, Loughborough University; Isabelle Fröhlich, Volkswagen AG; Tilla Goldberg, Ippolito Fleitz Group; James Helliwell, hyperTunnel Limited; Dr Alexander Hildebrandt, Festo AG & Co. KG; Frank Kleemann, Freelance industrial designer; Andreas Pany, Ernst Strassacker GmbH & Co. KG; Prof Dali Sun, Beijing University of Technology; Graham Tromans, G P Tromans Associates; and Dr Clara Usma, Deakin University.

The deadline for submissions is September 22 2021.


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