Winners of the 3DPC 2020

This is the first-ever dual metal part produced with laser powder bed fusion technology made of 316 L stainless steel and CuCrZr. (Source: Aerosint / 3DPC)

The 3D Pioneers Challenge 3DPC 2020 took place digitally in its fifth year. The international competition had a growing and remarkable range of submissions, these came from 28 countries, from 6 continents and the interest of the participants unites students, young professionals and established companies alike.

After the Corona-related cancellation of Rapid.Tech 3D fair in May 2020, the 3D Pioneers Challenge was continued as a digital format. In addition, the organizers, Simone and Christoph Völcker, used the globally active 3DPC platform to connect Covid 19-affected people in need with 3D experts for creative solutions regarding the pandemic. “It was impressive how the industry and the community are pulling together here and moving good things forward together,” the organizers said.

This year’s verticals of Design, Digital, Architecture, Materials, FashionTech, MedTech, Mobility, Sustainability and, for the first time, Electronics were complemented by the Covid-19 category to give appropriate attention to the respective submissions of the 3D initiatives.

The finalists and winners were selected by the 21 members of the international jury in a multistage selection process, mostly using digital communication channels via remote. The digital format made it possible for the first time to select 52 finalists.

ReverTome is a handheld surgical instrument that uniformly delivers skin precursor sheets over large full-thickness burns to improve wound healing. (Source: U. Toronto / 3DPC)

The highlight, the virtual award ceremony, was streamed on July 15th on several portals, when it was time again for: “…and the winner is…!” Michael Kynast, managing director of Messe Erfurt, took the opportunity to wish the participants good luck for the decisions. Wolfgang Tiefensee, economics and science minister in the Thuringian ministry of economics, science and digital society, also pointed out the importance of the competition and the truly great success.

The prize money of 35,000 euros was donated by the Thuringian State, making the 3DPC one of the world’s highest endowed design awards for innovation in 3D printing. In addition to book prizes from Avedition, publishers for architecture and design, and 3D Hubs, all prize winners also received Autodesk licenses from Fusion 360 and NetFabb.

Autodesk gave the “Special Mention by Autodesk” award three projects to participate in the prestigious Autodesk Technology Centers Residency Program in San Francisco, Boston, or Toronto. The award winners “Reimagined electric motor”, “Flow fabrication”, “World’s first block pavement” from Canada, the USA and Austria now have the opportunity to continue their pioneering work on site at the technology centers. They will have access to the advanced manufacturing technology parks, training courses and the network of industry experts and the local community.

“Easy Covid19” – the creation of a 3D printed valve (top) as an open source file, to connect a snorkel­ing mask with an oxygen dis­penser to create an emergency respira­tory mask, tries to catch bottle­necks in medical care. (Source: Isinnova)

A special highlight was awarded to the main winner for the first time: the 3DPC Trophy produced with additive manufacturing processes! This cooperation project was developed within the network of the ‘3DPC & Friends’. Last year’s winner Hyperganic, star designer and juror Ross Lovegrove and partner Materialise came together to develop the ‘3DPC Trophy’.

The 1st Prize Winner of the 3DPC 2020 was the University of Toronto’s ReverTome Handheld Bioprinter, the project by Richard Cheng, Gertraud Eylert, Jean-Michel Gariepy, Sijin He, Yizhou Gao, Hasan Ahmad, Marc Jeschke and Axel Guenther. ReverTome is a handheld surgical instrument that uniformly delivers skin precursor sheets over large full-thickness burns to improve wound healing. It was clear to the jury that this project in the MedTech category had to be the overall winner of the 3DPC 2020, announced Arno Held of AM Ventures: “This mature functional device, that is being used in one of the most important sectors of mankind, combines innovative additive technologies and revolutionary new materials.” The team around Richard Cheng was awarded with the prize money of 10.000 euros. In addition, the 3DPC Trophy, which was awarded for the first time, will start its journey to Canada.

The jury decided to also select a winner in the corresponding sub-category Covid-19 through this year’s submissions on the current developments around Corona. The pioneer in this respect was the Italian project “Isinnova – Easy Covid19” by Cristian Fracassi, Alessandro Romaioli, Marco Ruocco, Lorenzo Abeni and Davide Sabaini.

The best student work was “Re-Textiles 3D” by Ganit Goldstein from the London Royal College of Art in the discipline FashionTech. With her contribution of a fully customized 3D printed dress produced from 100-% PET recycled plastic bottles waste filament which is printed directly on natural fabric, she received the prize money of 2.500 euros and additionally the 3D printer MakerBot Replicator+.

Fuel-cooled oil cooler FCOC, using nTop Platform and Ansys CFX, printed in Aluminum 7A77.60 alloy from HRL Laboratories. (Source: nTopology / 3DPC)

The other eight winners could look forward to a prize money of 2.500 euros each in addition to the book and licence prizes.

With their submission “Dual-metal laser powder bed fusion”, the Belgian cooperation project of Aerosint and Aconity 3D convinced in the discipline Material. This is the first-ever dual metal part produced with “laser powder bed fusion technology” made of 316 L stainless steel and CuCrZr.

NTopology and with it Fabian Grupp, Maiki Vlahinos and Ryan O’Hara won in the vertical Digital. Submitted was “Fuel Cooled Oil Cooler”, the computational design of fuel-cooled oil cooler FCOC, using nTop Platform and Ansys CFX, printed in aluminum 7A77.60 alloy from HRL Laboratories.

The roadshow, during which the finalists will subsequently be presented at various national and international locations and events, will be planned depending on further developments and corona regulations. In cooperation with the association Verband 3DDruck, the first stop of the roadshow will already take place at the 3DKonzeptLab in Berlin from 17 to 18 September. (Source: Völcker & Völcker)

Links: 3D Pioneers Challenge, Völcker & Völcker GbR, Stuttgart, GermanyRapid.Tech 3D, Messe Erfurt GmbH, Germany

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