14. - 17.11.2017
Frankfurt am Main
formnext powered by tct 2017
International exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies


purmundus challenge

Intelligent combinations wanted!

The theme for this year’s international competition for design in 3D printing “purmundus challenge” is Fusion – 3D printing intelligently combined. The competition is organized by the idea workshop purmundus and formnext powered by tct. 

purmundus challengeWe invite designers, graphic artists, architects, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers to submit product ideas and concepts that make full use of additive manufacturing’s freedom of design and potential.

To succeed your designs should demonstrate the opportunities offered by 3D printing when using it skillfully and bringing opposites together.

Have we caught your interest?


Submit your idea regarding the following topics until 30 September 2017:
  • Analogue and digital
  • Additive and subtractive
  • Natural and artificial
  • Transparent and opaque
  • Hard and soft
  • Monolithic and textile
  • Stiff and flexible
  • Conductive and insulating
  • Mobile and stationary
  • Private and commercial
  • One-of-a-kind and standard piece
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.

The only requirement is that the product makes use of 3D printing technologies. 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.

Submit now my idea!

Closing date 30 September 2017.

Procedure - award ceremony - prizes

The international panel judges the submitted product ideas and draws up a shortlist.

purmundus trophiesThe 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 other attractive prizes. A “people’s choice” award, chosen by visitors of formnext 2017, completes the purmundus challenge.

More information on purmundus

purmundus challenge

Exhibition of Ideas
Hall 3
14 – 17 November 2017

Award ceremony
16 November 2017

cash & material prize,
“people’s choice” award