Fusion – 3D printing intelligently combined

Our environment and our surroundings are set to become increasingly hybridised in the years ahead, and so are we – the people living in them. Whether we are using implants or carrying wearables. Whether we no longer simply have one opinion, but rather various different perspectives. It is possible for a person to hold a number of different views. Hipsters who consider "sustainability" to be their motto for life still carry a smart phone in their pockets. The end of either/or has been reached.

Opposites attract, boundaries are blurring, and a person's opinions can no longer be divided into black or white but are instead becoming increasingly multi-dimensional. Everything is becoming multi-dimensional: Even with respect to realities people are living in more than one. We live, for example, in the analogue (“real”) world, in digital, social networks, in augmented reality and in virtual reality. Considering the development of technology, it is time for it to become more humanoid. The professionalisation of intelligence and the constant encroachment of technology into our everyday lives require new, more human applications. While industry is calling for high tech, users are missing low tech, simplicity, and real, haptic experiences.

The possibilities of additive production are more varied than they have ever been during the last three decades. Whether it's plastic, ceramics or metal, hard or soft, transparent or coloured – there is a broad selection of material properties and methods for building up layers. Only the right selection and combination allow a well-thought-out design to develop its full potential and particular charm.

We are looking for designs that show the opportunities offered by 3D printing if you use it to combine things skilfully and bring opposites together: The list could be continued indefinitely. As part of the competition, participants tackle the major challenge of applying all of these polarities - tomorrow and yesterday - to a present day in which the opposites complement each other in a way that is useful rather than competing against each other. The panel is judging the benefits in terms of use, economy and aesthetics as well as the design itself and the innovation.

3D printing should not be used for a product for its own sake. Combining semi-finished products and other production methods with 3D printing is therefore explicitly allowed, and even welcomed. We would also like to once again encourage taking methods and materials into account that have yet to become widespread, are still in research or even have not been invented yet.

The international panel judges the submitted product ideas and draws up a shortlist. The finalists‘ entries will be displayed in a special exhibition at the formnext from 14 to 17 November 2017. The panel will select the winners of the purmundus challenge and present them with their award at the exhibition in a ceremony to be held on 16 November 2017. In addition to cash the winners will also receive attractive non-cash prizes. A “people’s choice” award, chosen by visitors to the formnext 2017, rounds off the purmundus challenge.

Deadline for submissons is on 30 September 2017.

Partner 2017






Jury 2017

Christoph Behling - Christoph Behling Design Ltd.
Isabelle Fröhlich - Volkswagen AG
Tilla Goldberg - Ippolito Fleitz Group
Dr. Alexander Hildebrandt - Festo AG & Co. KG
Andreas Pany - Ernst Strassacker GmbH & Co. KG
Prof. Dali Sun - Beijing University of Technology
Graham Tromans - G P Tromans Associates
Rainer Zimmermann - zimmermann produktgestaltung