With its international challenges, Formnext is looking for bright minds who design and promote additive manufacturing with their innovative products and ideas. Whether in design or along the process chain, we provide a stage for the most promising solutions.
International competition of design ideas for 3D and 4D printing
Receiving an award as part of the purmundus challenge is seen as one of the most important design-related distinctions in the field of 3D and 4D printing. In keeping with this year’s topic of “Beyond 3D printing”, innovative solutions will be sought for making beneficial use of 3D and 4D printing in product design and production.
We encourage participants to also consider processes and materials that have not yet become established, are still the subject of research or even need to be invented.
- Announcement of the purmundus challenge 2019 (pdf, 3 MB)
The purmundus challenge award is considered one of the most important awards for design in 3D and 4D printing worldwide. In addition to the first 3 places, purmundus challenge also awards a "Special Mention" and an "Innovation Prize". In the event of an award, the designers will be supported with an extensive winner’s package. The award winners set strong trends in 3D and 4D printing with international emphasis in the design industry and highlight potential future directions. The purmundus challenge is rounded off by a “people’s choice” award, which is chosen by visitors to Formnext over the course of the fair. The prizes are endowed with a total of 12,000 euros.
Drafts of any kind may be submitted. The best product design in accordance with the current competition theme will be rewarded. Participants subject themselves to a cross-sector comparison of 3D and 4D printing talents, professionals, institutions, and companies of all sizes.
The purmundus challenge evaluates the submitted product ideas and determines a pre-selection until 10 October 2019. Up to 35 finalists each year are entered into the special show, and stand a chance of winning the prestigious purmundus challenge trophy. The purmundus challenge team must receive the designs by 7 November 2019. On 21 November 2019, the winners of the purmundus challenge will be selected by the international jury and ceremoniously awarded in the AM4U Area at Formnext.
In 2019 the purmundus challenge once again supports designers in 3D and 4D printing with a completely free participation. In addition to the experience, participation in the competition is worthwhile in many ways: the design competition offers both newcomers and professionals an excellent opportunity to strengthen the trust of potential clients and sponsors in their additive solution.
As the leading international trade fair on additive manufacturing, Formnext offers the ideal framework for the presentation of your creative design ideas. The international presence, the broad network of partners, the public interest and the targeted platform make the purmundus challenge a unique experience for all participants.
Additive manufacturing needs good ideas and new business models. The Formnext Start-up Challenge honors the five most innovative companies.
Is your company a start-up that was founded within the last five years? Would it be fair to describe your product and business plan as “brilliant”? Have you set your sights on nothing less than revolutionizing industrial manufacturing?
In cooperation with UnternehmerTUM Formnext offers you the chance to win an outstanding sponsorship package. Tell us more about yourself and your innovation. Be one of the five winners.
- A free and fully-equipped 9 sqm-exhibition booth at the Start-up Area of Formnext 2019
- Integration of your start-up in all relevant marketing and communication activities of Formnext
- Possibility to pitch your product live at Formnext 2019
- Company coaching by one of our jury members
- Your individual company profile article on 3dprintingindustry.com
- A 3d printed award sponsored by voxeljet
- Formation of your company is no longer than 5 years (max. 1 January 2014)
- Max. € 10 million annual revenue
- No majority holding of a company that exceeds € 10 million annual revenue
The five winners will be selected by a highly qualified jury consisting of well-known representatives of the manufacturing industry, universities, research, the investment sector and the industry’s media. They will be announced in autumn, finalise their complimentary booth and will be officially honored at Formnext 2019.
The Formnext Start-up Challenge has helped numerous young companies to accelerate their corporate development and successfully set the course for the future. At Formnext, the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing, you will meet potential customers, investors and experts from all over the world. By participating in the challenge, you will also receive valuable feedback on your business model from our jury, which is formed by industry experts.
Our partner UnternehmerTUM is Europe’s leading Center for Innovation and Business Creation. UnternehmerTUM actively identifies innovative technologies and initiates new business by systematically connecting talents, technologies, capital and customers. They support start-ups and applications in AM at each stage of their development.More about UnternehmerTUM
Jury Start-up Challenge
Kristian Arntz, Managing Director and Partner, ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing
Entry into additive manufacturing as production engineer– Establishment of a department at Fraunhofer with focus on AM – Management of ACAM, which provides the manufacturing industry with simplified access to AM
Stefanie Brickwede, Head of 3d printing@DB and Managing director of "Mobility goes Additive"
Initiator of a start-up safari for DB – Head of 3d printing@DB – 3D printing network "Mobility goes Additive"
Arno Held, Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures
10 years AM experience - 1.000 AM-Startups scouted - 20 funding rounds in AM-Startups
Tobias Kuhl, Senior Project Leader, Entrepreneurial Network, UnternehmerTUM
Entry into additive manufacturing at EOS – Responsibility for AM activities at UnternehmerTUM – Foundation of an AM Start-up Incubator and the 3D-Printing Cluster
Alexander Oster, Director Additive Manufacturing, Autodesk
20 years of experience in Additive Manufacturing – former CTO of FIT AG, one of the largest industrial service providers in Germany – Co-founder and CEO of Netfabb GmbH, now part of Autodesk Inc.
Michael Petch, Editor-in-chief, 3D Printing Industry
Editor-in-chief of the leading source of news for the additive manufacturing industry – Frequent speaker at industry events