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Additive manufacturing is constantly changing and reinventing itself. Through our Events & Challenges we match you with new companies, show you new products and support you in your professional entry into this fascinating industry.

Start-up Challenge 2020 - Viable AM Innovations plus Contribution to Sustainability

Start-up Challenge

The Start-up Challenge is an integral part of Formnext and has been supporting young, innovative start-ups for the past five years by providing free participation in the trade show. In recent years, a wide range of start-ups have taken advantage of this unique platform to present themselves to investors, established companies, the press and other stakeholders.

The current corona crisis has brought the issue of sustainability further into the focus of our activities. In recent months, there has been a reduction in the number of flights, factories have come to a shutdown, and the otherwise very mobile world has come to a temporary halt. Despite the drastic consequences for our social and economic lives, there have also been one or two rays of hope. Air quality has improved in some places, dolphins have returned to their bays, and industries have moved closer together with creative approaches. Additive manufacturing is no exception; the news has been full of reports on the 3D printing of masks, test equipment and parts for respirators as well as calls for joint actions, for instance.

New category in 2020 – AM Ventures Impact Award

Start-up Challenge

Formnext, together with AM Ventures, has taken these developments as an opportunity to announce a new award within the Start-up Challenge 2020. The first year of the AM Ventures Impact Award focused on the importance of sustainable management. Topics relating to both people and the planet have been looked at from a technology, application, business, and value chain perspective.

These are the winners 2020!

Five exceptional start-ups were able to win the international Formnext Start-up Challenge 2020 with their innovations. Molyworks also won the AM Ventures Impact Award, presented for the first time in the Formnext Start-up Challenge. 

The successful technical developments range from automated design software, new plastic materials, production monitoring and a solution for automated post-processing. The international winners will also present their innovations at Formnext Connect. First impressions can be found here:

Winner Start-Up Challenge

Winner AM Ventures Impact Award

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Jury Start-up Challenge 2020

Kristian Arntz, Managing Director and Partner, ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing

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"

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

Arno Held, Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures

14 years AM experience - 1,400 AM-Startups scouted - 24 funding rounds in AM-Startups

Tobias Kuhl, Head of Operations, XPRENEURS Incubator, UnternehmerTUM

Tobias Kuhl, Head of Operations, XPRENEURS Incubator, 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

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

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

The purmundus challenge

The purmundus challenge

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 “Geometry and Material in Harmony”, innovative solutions were sought for the beneficial use of 3D and 4D printing in product design and manufacturing.
The competition challenged participants to identify meaningful applications for 3D and 4D printing. The panel evaluated the benefits for use, economy and aesthetics as well as the design itself and the innovation.

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The winners 2020 have been announced

From an innovative bicycle frame to a powered hand orthosis and a custom-made, recyclable sneaker: The winners of the international purmundus challenge 2020, announced at Formnext Connect, demonstrate the diverse technological possibilities and the breadth of current and future applications of 3D and 4D printing. Under the theme Geometry and Material in Harmony, this year’s purmundus challenge awarded first place to Ralf Holleis from the company Huhn Cycles for the 3D-printed Moorhuhn Bike, which offers an impressive combination of stability and light weight. Second and third places were awarded to HKK Bionics with the Exomotion Hand One, and Svet Abjo with the 3D-printed Sneaker Zero. 

The purely digital event did nothing to dampen the growing popularity of the purmundus challenge. As Corinna Ray, head of the purmundus challenge, explains, “We received more entries than ever before, and the quality has never been higher.” The finalists, all of which showcased their innovations at Formnext Connect, hail from 5 continents and 13 countries: China, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and the United States.

Detailed information on the winners and all nominees can be found here.


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