SLM Solutions, Lübeck, Germany, has launched a new competition that aims to inspire artists, designers and engineers to design with metal Additive Manufacturing in mind. The ‘Print the Future’ competition asks people to submit and upload their 3D designs, one of which will be built by one of the company’s future-forward systems. SLM Solutions sees the competition as an opportunity to connect a community of designers to compete at an expert level of design for AM.
“The point of the competition is to open up metal-based Additive Manufacturing to those not normally able to take advantage of it,” stated Sam O’Leary, the company’s CEO. “To many, Additive Manufacturing is seen as something unreal. However, it’s a future that has already arrived at the doorstep of many sectors and is disrupting traditional manufacturing as we speak. We are now setting a new paradigm. We hope to open people’s minds with what’s possible in the world of metal 3D printing with this competition.”
The company calls for people to submit their designs and select the metal of their choice for the design to be additively manufactured, with a significant focus on people presenting their wildest and most original content.
“We hope to open people’s minds up to the potential of Additive Manufacturing with this competition. When more people understand that we are no longer bound by traditional means of manufacturing like CNC milling and welding, and instead have the possibility to create complex geometrical structures and benefit from things such as generative design without having to worry about how it’s built, we’re going to see a lot of things that we have never seen before,” O’Leary concluded.
The competition closes on May 21, 2021. Further information is available via the company website.