The purmundus challenge looks ahead beyond 3D printing
This year's finalists show the enormous potential of additive manufacturing. 3D and 4D printing are more than ever and increasingly around the world a core manufacturing process paving the way for smart innovations in various different markets. The 2019 purmundus challenge, which is being held from 19 to 22 November 2019 in Frankfurt in hall 12.1-E09 of the Formnext trade fair, shines a spotlight on forward-looking product ideas from 18 countries on 5 continents under the motto “Beyond 3D printing”.

The finalists in this year’s purmundus challenge are innovative, forward-looking concepts in the fields of medicine, 4D printing, bionics, mobility, safety and packaging. In addition to a fashion collection and jewellery, this year’s finalists include a design product from the cosmetics sector. Products in the fields of lifestyle, furnishings, art and household are also in the running, as are instruments and a biathlon rifle. Two printing technologies and a new materials are also on show.

The design competition for 3D- and 4D printing is being supported by major, internationally renowned players in the 3D printing sector. The panel will choose the winners of the purmundus challenge and present them with their awards in the AM4U Area of hall 11.1-D29 of the Formnext fair on 21 November 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The panel is judging the benefits in terms of use, economy and aesthetics as well as the design itself and the innovation. The awards are worth a total of 30,000 euros.

This is the seventh time that the 3D and 4D printing award for the purmundus challenge has been presented in Frankfurt. A total of 38 finalists now stand a chance of winning the prestigious purmundus challenge trophy. The award ceremony will be broadcast live from the Formnext exhibition via the Facebook portal. In addition to the first three places, this year there will once again be a “special mention” and an “innovation prize”. A prize for the “people’s choice”, voted for over the course of the fair by visitors to Formnext 2019, completes the purmundus challenge.

Here are this year’s finalists:

Handout Finalists:  Finalists of the purmundus challenge 2019 [pdf: 9,0 MB]

Partner 2019


Jury 2019

Christoph Behling - Christoph Behling Design Ltd.
Prof. Richard Bibb - Loughborough University
Isabelle Fröhlich - Volkswagen AG
Tilla Goldberg - Ippolito Fleitz Group
James Helliwell - hyperTunnel
Dr. Alexander Hildebrandt - Festo AG & Co. KG
Frank Kleemann - Freelance industrial designer
Andreas Pany - Ernst Strassacker GmbH & Co. KG
Prof. Dali Sun - Beijing University of Technology
Graham Tromans - G P Tromans Associates
Dr. Clara Usma - Deakin University