The 7th edition of the Purmundus 3D printing design prize took place in the just concluded Formnext show in Frankfurt.
This year’s topic was Beyond 3D Printing. A whole of 38 finalists from 18 different nations were reduced down to 3 winners. This was done by a global panel of professionals and backed by 3D printing sector.
The 3D printed Stealth Key from Urban Alps took the top prize. It was followed by 4D printed Hydrophytes created by Victoria University of Wellington’s Victoria Hone. The third place was taken by Dr. Paul Schüler and Andreas Krüger from CellCore GmbH for their monolithic combustion assembly of a rocket motor.
These 3D printed items were considered to exhibit the most advantages with regards to design, aesthetics, economy, and innovation. They were ranked out of the 38 entries.
The Purmundus challenge is supported by the German speedy prototyping firm Cirp GmbH. The challenge welcomes entries from across the globe to take part in a theme-based 3D printing design competition. The competition is open to the world design and 3D printing community that includes sole designers, firms, and institutions.
The 2018 purmundus challenge focused on “3D printing gears up our future.” The theme examined designs for prospective living and the role 3D printing plays in that setting. The first award was taken by 3D Music Instruments’ Ricardo Simian. Simian presented an SLS printed cornetti, a Renaissance and Baroque era wind instrument.
Aarish Netarwala, an industrial designer, presented Adidas Grit Shoe and took the second prize home. The third place was taken by Dr. Christoph Kiener and Manuele Biedermann of Siemens AG. Kiener designed a bionic fuel burner.
This year’s edition that was themed “Beyond 3D printing requested the designers to showcase innovative 3D and 4D printing concepts. This was specifically in the areas of product design that may influence and get into our daily life in a beneficial way.
About €30,000 in prize cash was distributed among the winners. Apart from the first three positions, there were other awards for different categories. The categories included the following; innovation prize, special mention, people’s choice, and simulation-driven design by Altair.