The theme for this years Purmundus Challenge is Print Up Your Life: How Does 3D Printing Change Our World, and the German 3D printed lifestyle product designers are inviting entrants to create new product design solutions using 3D printing. A jury of international judges, at Euromold 2014, will select winners in two categories, Best Innovative Concept and Best Market-Ready Product.
Purmundus produces limited edition small-run 3D printed lifestyle accessories, jewellery and home decor and is owned by cirp gmbH, a German 3D printing and rapid prototyping company. The design challenge is being sponsored by Euromold organizers demat GmbH, and the results will be announced during Euromold 2014. Entry is free for students and Euromold exhibitors, and will cost 100 Euro for anyone else. All entries need to be submitted by October 1st.
Designers wishing to enter simply need to create a product or implementable market concept that fully exploits the benefits of 3D printing. Any 3D printing or additive manufacturing process using resins or plastics can be used as the printing material, and any submission must not exceed 150mm x 150mm x 150mm (5.9in x 5.9in x 5.9in). If your product is larger, you must consult with purmundus prior to submitting your product design to them.
“Referring to this year‘s theme ‘Print up your life – How does 3D printing change our world?’ we are looking for innovative ideas where 3D printing can influence and enter our everyday life in a useful way? In which products does it offer a reasonable addition? or does it even implement a whole new kind of product?” explained purmundus.
Each of the two categories will have a 3,000 Euro prize pool that will be divided up by the jury amongst 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, depending on quality of the submission. There will also be prize vouchers worth 500, 250 and 100 euros, of products from purmundus or 3D printing services from cirp gmbH awarded across each category, as well as an award for an Audience Prize voted on by Euromold visitors during the show. The winner in each category will also receive the “purmundus Challenge Trophy, and all other prize winners will receive a certificate.
The international jury will include prof. Volker Helzle from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Hypecask CEO Florian Horsch, German Design Council GM Andrej Kupetz, VP of Aed Stuttgart e.V. Silvia Olp, purmundus Creative Director Christoph Völcker, Euromold Advisory Board member Kay Uwe Witte and President of Wohlers Associates Terry Wohlers. The jury will judge entries based on the quality of design and concept, originality, product maturity, level of innovation and if it was designed to take full advantage of 3D printing technology.