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15 - 18 November 2022 Frankfurt am Main Tickets & registration

Events and challenges

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 – recognition to sustainable business concepts

Start-up Challenge

Recognizing new, creative, viable, and above all, sustainable business ideas from the world of Additive Manufacturing: once again Formnext Start-up Challenge invites submissions from innovative young companies

The Start-up Challenge is an integral part of Formnext and supports start-ups by providing free participation in the trade show and a comprehensive marketing package. In addition, the winners can present themselves to the trade fair participants as part of a pitch event. In recent years, a wide range of start-ups have taken advantage of this unique platform  and made important contacts to investors, established companies, the press and other stakeholders. The success stories of former winners Spectroplast and Kumovis tell you how the Start-up Challenge can set the course.

Any up-and-coming company with a product or service that offers an exceptional development for the additive manufacturing process chain, is market-ready in terms of customers, product status, and revenue can take part in the Formnext Start-up Challenge.

AM Ventures Impact Award – special attention is paid to sustainable management

Start-up Challenge

One young company will also be selected from the applicants to receive the AM Ventures Impact Award in recognition of approaches to sustainability. Environmental considerations (such as green energy and resource conservation) and social aspects (for example, education and equality) play an important role in this. “The potential offered by additive manufacturing for addressing the major global sustainability challenges is significant. The technology can be used to make drives more efficient, minimize material consumption, accelerate repairing cycles, and extend battery ranges," says Arno Held, Managing Partner AM Ventures. “In all areas, AM can improve the world if we use the technology correctly”. The Impact Award was launched by Formnext together with AM Ventures Management GmbH to help raise this awareness."

The call for entries for the Start-up Challenge 2022 and the AM Ventures Impact Award is already over. Many great ideas have reached us. The winners will be announced in mid-September and awarded on 15 November 2022 at Formnext. For any questions, please get in touch with Caroline Muders.

Jury Start-up Challenge

Kristian Arntz, Kristian Arntz, CEO, Fraunhofer Center for Networked Adaptive Production ICNAP

Kristian Arntz, Kristian Arntz, CEO, Fraunhofer Center for Networked Adaptive Production ICNAP

Entry into additive manufacturing as production engineer– Establishment of a department at Fraunhofer with focus on AM in production – Management of ACAM, which provides the manufacturing industry with simplified access to AM - Management of ICNAP to enable digital production.

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, Managing Partner, AM Ventures

Arno Held, Managing Partner, AM Ventures

14 years AM experience - 1,600 AM-Startups scouted - 24 funding rounds in AM-Startups

Peter Mayr, Professor of Materials Engineering of Additive Manufacturing, Technical University of Munich - TUM

Peter Mayr, Professor of Materials Engineering of Additive Manufacturing, Technical University of Munich - TUM

Passionate researcher and educator in the fields of materials, advanced manufacturing, characterisation and testing. Promoter of TUM.Additive, the collective activities in Additive Manufacturing at TUM.

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

Last year's winners

In 2021, the quality of the start-ups and their innovations developed a step further. They boast numerous patents – some already awarded and some still pending – and promising applications. In some cases, over 50 million euros have already been poured into the young enterprises' developments, and so it is no surprise how market-ready and promising their innovations were. They promise greater precision for 3D Printing, considerably faster production or new applications, for example in medicine and aerospace.

The winning innovations range from nano and glass 3D Printing through to new medical solutions for spine patients. In 2021 the AM Ventures Impact Award presented at the same ceremony went to Vispala Technologies (India).

Winners Start-Up Challenge

Winner AM Ventures Impact Award

Partners and sponsors

Happy birthday purmundus challenge

purmundus challenge

10 years of purmundus challenge, international competition of design ideas for industrial 3D and 4D printing by cirp - we are celebrating with a retrospective! We look back on outstanding, forward-looking design ideas and ask ourselves: has the future of yesteryear become reality?

10 years anniversary showcase

This year, organizer cirp GmbH and Formnext are planning something very special. Together we will look back on 10 years of purmundus challenge and show you the highlights of the last 10 years. All award winners since 2012 are cordially invited to present their exhibits to the trade audience once again and report on how their ideas, product and business model have developed. cirp and Formnext, together with all sponsoring partners, are looking forward to an outstanding exhibition.

Celebrate with us and visit the the big anniversary showcase: Hall 12.1, C01

Among the winners since 2012 were students, start ups, design offices as well as global corporations. It is precisely this breadth that makes it so appealing.
In the anniversary showcase are among others: Clement Zheng as the first winner of the challenge with "Fusilli and Sine Bowl" (2012), act'ble GmbH with your winning project "New pointe shoe sole" (2021), Siemens - with your bionically inspired combi burner (2018), as well as Mecuris GmbH - developer of the "FIRSTEP Kinderfuß" (2016) and many others.


About purmundus challenge

Since 2012, the purmundus challenge has been the leading international design competition in 3D and 4D printing. Researchers, engineers, designers and inventors are invited to submit their creative ideas in different categories. Processes and materials that have not yet been established, are in the research stage or even have yet to be invented may also be used. Each year it is dedicated to a special focus such as living space, individualization, mobility, or hybridization. A top-class international jury awards prizes to the best submissions according to aspects such as design, innovation, social and economic potential, and user experience.

The ideas of the winners show the enormous innovation potential and provide real practical examples of how additive printing processes can be profitably used in product design and manufacturing. They set strong trends with an impact on the international industry and show where things can go in the future.


The purmundus challenge award is considered one of the most important awards worldwide. As the leading international trade fair on the subject of Additive Manufacturing, Formnext offers the ideal platform for the presentation of creative design ideas. The international presence, the broad network of partners, the interest of the public and the targeted platform make the purmundus challenge a unique experience for all participants.

The annual showcase of the finalists and the award ceremony for the winners generates huge interest at Formnext.

In 2023, the purmundus challenge will take place again in its usual form with new submissions from all over the world.

Further information is available directly from purmundus.


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