The final of this year’s purmundus challenge
took place at formnext 2017, sponsored once again by 3D
Printing Industry. The competition invites designers, engineers
and programmers to submit concept designs or market ready
products that involve 3D printing.
The purmundus challenge is organized by cirp GmbH, an engineering and rapid
prototyping service company based in Heimsheim, Germany. The
contest is now in it’s fifth year.
This year’s challenge, which had the theme of
Fusion, 3D printing intelligently combined saw six prize
winners from the total 45 finalists, who were awarded a total
2017 winners Danit Peleg, TU München, Mecuris, Dorothee
Clasen, Sascha Praet, Adam Pajonk, Dorothea Lang, and Go3D, were recognized at a formnext
awards ceremony, that was, in the words of competition head
Corinna Ray, “the highlight of a very successful trade fair and
3D Printing Industry
was one of several sponsors for the purmundus challenge 2017.
Photo by Michael Petch.
The winner, The Birth of Venus by Danit
Sharing its name with the famous Botticelli
painting, “The Birth of Venus” is a collection of garments that
were 3D printed using FilaFlex filaments. The collection is
based on a dress that featured in the
Rio de Janeiro Paralympic opening
The collection includes a made-to-measure
bomber jacket, which is the first fully customizable and
personalized 3D printed garment
available to purchase online. The
full jacket takes 100 hours to print and assemble, and its
production generates no waste.
The jury found that Peleg’s range featured the
“best fusion of elastic structure with various patterns and
dimensions,” with a “unique process in fashion of
individualized, tailor-made dresses.”
The Birth of Venus by
Danit Peleg won first prize in the purmundus challenge 2017.
Photo by Michael Petch.
2nd prize, Fluid Morphology by TU
Fluid Morphology is a research project led by
TU München chair of design Prof. Moritz Mungenast, which
demonstrates 3D printing’s potential in the construction
The project produced the first translucent and
multifunctional facade element to
be entirely 3D printed. The piece was manufactured from
polycarbonate and features embedded tubes to optimize
insulation, ventilation, and even acoustics.
The TU München team was headed up by
Mungenast, assisted by Oliver Tessin, Viktoria Blum, Tobias
Gutheil, Olga Khuraskina, and Luc Morroni.
The jury noted that Fluid Morphology had the
“advantage of free structural cladding for various buildings,”
and were impressed by its incorporation of “load transfer,
insulation, shading, daylight utilisation, ventilation, sound
absorption” and “integrated illumination.”
The TU München team.
Photo via cirp GmbH.
3rd prize, Grasshopper AFO by
The Grasshopper AFO is an externally applied
orthotic device, custom made for patients from carbon fiber. It
takes as little as 10 working days to produce from 3D data
capture to delivery.
It specifically aims to help patients in
regaining a normal walking gait, after suffering drop foot from
conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, polio or multiple
The Mecuris team behind Grasshopper AFO
consisted of Manuel Opitz, Clemens Rieth and Benjamin
The jury was especially impressed by the
construction of an AFO from just a 3D scan of the patients leg
and technical detail, as well as the reduction of delivery time
from 3 weeks to 10 days.
Mecuris was a winner in the
2016 purmundus challenge.
The Mecuris Grasshopper
AFO team. Photo via cirp GmbH.
Special mention, Dynamic Algae by Dorothea
Textile design student Dorothea Lang’s
research focusses on the production of bio-printing material
for additive manufacturing from renewable algae.
Algae has the advantage of being abundant all
over the earth and the smart property of reacting to
The jury was particularly impressed by the
“environmental aspects of the material and its
Innovation Prize, InFoam printing by
Dorothee Clasen, Sascha Praet and Adam Pajonk
Clasen, Praet and Pajonk developed the idea
printing from a 5-day student workshop organized by
materials company Covestro and held at FH Münster. They won the
Innovation Prize, which recognizes projects that show how
3D printing will continue to change the world of product
InFoam is a technology for manufacturing
“smart” foam, where a two-component resin is injected into the
foam. Once the resin cures within the foam’s cell structure, it
forms complex structures, which can have the qualities of
rubber or plexiglass.
The technology may be used in upholstery,
orthopedic shoe soles, car seats and even smart mattresses that
can adjust to the shape of a person.
The InFoam creators.
Photo via cirp GmbH.
Public choice award, Ultimate Grip by
The public choice award went to Antti Korpi
from Go3D, who created a personalized 3D printed knife
The handle was 3D printed from aluminium
directly on to a build plate without supports, and required
The Ultimate Grip has a net-shaped thin wall
structure, which contains up to 90% less material than similar
knives with an entirely solid structure. It weighs only
purmundus challenge 2018
3D Printing Industry looks forward to
sponsoring next year’s purmundus challenge. The awards will be
held on 15 November 2018 at formnext in Frankfurt am
Nominations for the second annual 3D
Printing Industry Awards are now open. Make
your selections now.
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