3D Print­ing Chal­lenge

Congraulations to the prize winners and finalists of 3D Printing Challenge 2023.

Informations about the upcoming Challenge 2024 will be available here.



Challenge 2023

Challenge 2022

Challenge 2021

Challenge 2020

Pro­ced­ures of the Chal­lenge

The challenge has 3 rounds, where only selected works are able to join the next round.

  • 1st round: submission of product ideas (evaluated by a panel of experts)
  • 2nd round: submission of business plans  (evaluated by a panel of experts)
  • 3rd round: final presentation & awarding  (evaluated by a top-class jury consisting of leading business representatives)

You can join either individually or in groups of up to 3 participants. What you need to do:

  1. register in the following form,
  2. design your own product or part,
  3. print the part independently with any 3D printing technology,
  4. take a good photo shooting of  the printed part,
  5. design a poster for your idea (the template will be provided per e-mail after your registration),
  6. send the finished poster by e-mail to us before the due dates.


You are expected to win:

  • technical Workshops with top-class Experts from the 3D printing branch,
  • 3D printed cups,
  • Cash vouchers,
  • Filament vouchers,
  • Printingroom vouchers.

Audience Prize: The team voted by the Live-Stream audience owns the special prize to record one Youtube-video with Andreas Weiß after the challenge, and it is going to be published on the Youtube channel AMPrO 3D.

Spon­sors & Jury Mem­bers 2023


How we support you along the challenge:

  • On our Youtube channel  (AMPrO 3D - Erfolg mit 3D-Druck) you will find many tips and tricks for 3D printing - maybe this will help you with one or the other question.
  • live-stream of the final pitch event

Who we are:

AMPrO 3D is specialised in 3D printing consulting. The founder of this company, Andreas Weiß, operates one of the biggest german-speaking 3D printing Youtube channel, in which he aims to delivery high-end knowledges in the branch of 3D printing.

What we find exciting about 3D printing:

With other manufacturing processes, you usually need a lot of expertise, experience, money, time and space to produce a component. With the help of 3D-printing you don't need a workshop anymore as a "handyman" or "tinkerer" to make your ideas tangible.

    Daimler Truck

    Wo we are:

    We, EvoBus GmbH, are the largest European subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG. With the Mercedes-Benz, Setra, OMNIplus and BusStore brands, we are now the leading full-line provider both in the European bus market and around the world. With our consulting unit "AMS - Additive Manufacturing Solutions" we have focused on constant adjustments to our dynamic market environment. Through the use of additive manufacturing, we have succeeded in creating long-term and sustainable added value and solutions for our company. In recent years we have dealt with all topics relating to materials, manufacturing processes, quality guidelines and the digital transformation in industrial 3D printing along the entire value chain.

    It is our main task as a service provider to  jointly solve current problems in your company with our unique skills. We support you in setting up your business successfully and sustainably for the future with the help of additive manufacturing.

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    Additive manufacturing offers a multitude of potentials from both an economic and an ecological point of view. In addition to savings potential, added value for customers, this also includes the positive effects on sustainability and, last but not least, the opportunity for completely new business models. This inspires us about this exciting future technology. In recent years we have had many positive experiences with industrial 3D printing and have built up a lot of knowledge - which we would like to pass on.


    How we support you along the challenge:

    In your preparation of the challenge we are happy to answer your questions about the printability and material choosing between metal and plastics. In addition, we are also glad to give you individuell instructions on how to calculate your production cost as well as carbon emissions if any wishes. Write your questions to michael.grassmayr@eos.info.

    Who we are:

    EOS is the world's leading technology provider in industrial 3D printing of metals and plastics. Founded in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for integrated solutions in additive manufacturing. With the product portfolio consisting of EOS systems, materials and process parameters, customers achieve decisive competitive advantages with regard to the quality and sustainability of their production. Worldwide service and comprehensive consulting services complete the portfolio.

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    By means of additive manufacturing (AM), the limits of what is conventionally feasible can be pushed. This enables the production of applications that were previously neither conceivable nor feasible. In addition to the pure feasibility of novel solutions, there are also advantages in terms of efficiency and sustainability in the production process as well as in terms of the resulting applications. As the physical arm of digitization, additive manufacturing also enables completely new business models. Furthermore, the simplified production of small quantities and the uncomplicated access to AM as a manufacturing technology stimulates entrepreneurial thinking and action.


    How we support you along the challenge:

    You have questions regarding filaments and printing materials? 
    We are ready to be at your side. Having more than 10 years of concentration in the 3D printing materials,  we are absolutely the experts for you wenn you are confronted with material choosing troubles. Please let us know info@filamentworld.de.

    Who we are:

    As a specialist for 3D printing materials and accessories we have made it our business to offer the perfect material for every application. Our customers come from the industry, but also architecture offices, universities or passionate hobbyists are among our customers. They appreciate the quality of our products, because the right printing material is at least as important as the 3D printer and the print file itself.

    Offering these at a fair price and delivering them quickly and without complications is our claim.

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    We have experienced the rapid development at first hand. Started in 2013, we are now one of the largest filament dealers in Europe.

    Meanwhile our customers can choose between several hundred filaments. Some filaments convince by their appearance: e.g. glossy, matt or colour-changing, others have unique technical properties: e.g. electroconductive, heat-resistant or particularly dimensionally stable. Also DLP and LCD printers based on resin are becoming more and more popular. Here we offer technical resins in addition to our own brand. This variety and the resulting possibilities fascinate us. Therefore we are constantly looking for new, innovative materials for innovative applications.

    In this way we want to continue to play our part in this industrial revolution and support the maker community.


    How we support you along the challenge:

    The Formnext team will support you with an event where you can meet all the big names in the AM world, make contacts and find your future partners and customers. We would be happy to provide you with the key (in the form of entry tickets) to this unique world. Be part of the family!

    Who we are:

    As a hub for additive manufacturing, Formnext is an international meeting point for experts in industrial 3D printing and production professionals from a variety of application sectors. With the trade fair in Frankfurt and content throughout the year, Formnext bundles expertise and creates a unique experience focused on intensive, professional exchange and access to the latest AM solutions. This combination enables the community to actively shape the next generation of intelligent industrial production.

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    fAMIly is a very special community that is dedicated to the ever-growing use of AM in an industrial context.

    We find it particularly exciting how additive manufacturing can help to meet some of the current challenges of industrial production and thus also support society in overcoming the problems of our time. That's why we're particularly fascinated by clever, innovative and sustainable application examples.

    Honold Logistics

    Who we are:

    We are a logistics service provider that works with its customers on demanding projects such as the development of logistics real estate, industry logistics and transport solutions. We have the ambition to develop ourselves technically on a daily basis. With around 1,400 employees, our company most recently achieved sales of around 234 million euros.

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    3D printing will permanently change the flow of goods and services - and thus business models in logistics. We want to be involved in this process and help shape it, so that our company can adapt and adapt to this change

    Max Hilscher

    Who we are:

    Under the management of Maria and Christoph Hilscher, the family business now employs 80 people in the main areas of toolmaking, milling / turning technology, welding technology, punching technology, textile machine accessories, wire erosion technology and metalworking for the automotive sector. 

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    Especially in the production of prototypes and spare parts on small series basis we see an enormous potential for our business area

    Nano Dimension

    How we support you along the Challenge:

    We support you with questions about the design and feasibility of additively manufactured electronic components. In addition, we support you in the (simultaneous) production of ceramic and metal components, as well as the production of components that require an accuracy of a few micrometers.

    Who we are:

    Nano Dimension develops and manufactures machines and consumables for Additive Electronics and Additive Manufacturing. Additive electronics are manufacturing machines that enable the design and development of high-performance electronic devices (Hi-PED®s). Additive manufacturing includes manufacturing solutions for the manufacture of applications based on metal, ceramics and specialty polymers - from millimeters to several centimeters with micron precision.

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    3D printing, especially in the field of electronics, opens up new horizons for users in terms of the design and production of electronic components. Existing limitations in form factors do not apply to 3D printing, which enables a significant increase in the performance of electronic components. At the same time, compared to conventional production, additively manufactured components are more sustainable, available more quickly and can be produced anywhere.


    How we support you along the Challenge:

    With more than 13 different 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies and a huge portfolio of materials, we always find a suitable solution for your requirements!
    We can provide you with professional advice on all common 3D printing processes. We are not looking for reasons why you absolutely have to use 3D printing, but will show you materials, processes and technologies that are suitable for your task.
    Furthermore, we not only support you as a 3D printing service provider, but also in the area of engineering and product development. If you wish, we can take over the complete development of your product. You have the idea, we make it a reality.

    Who we are:

    As a TOP 100 innovator 2023 and 3D printing service provider, we offer our customers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions. This includes over 50 different materials, 13 different manufacturing technologies and very extensive rework options.
    • 3D printing service
    • Development and engineering (DfAM, topology optimization)
    • Advice and support for projects
    • Expert knowledge on demand, e.g. in web meetings, video conferences or by telephone
    • Offers & orders 24/7: Online 3D printing service

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    3D printing is still a new technology whose limits and possibilities are far from exhausted. We face new challenges and questions almost every day. The arch spans all sectors. New technology and material developments drive the possibilities of production forward and at the same time require knowledge transfer.
    It's always fun to help designers/developers with their problems and even to break new ground. Bringing 3D printing further into the market and as an established production process in series production is what drives us constantly.

    TUM Venture Labs

    How we support you along the challenge:

    We support you in kickstarting your business ideas in the field of additive manufacturing! Feel free to contact us if you want to make the world a better place with 3D printing: am-venturelab[at]tum[dot]de (opens in a new window)

    Who we are:

    TUM Venture Labs are new entrepreneurial innovation hubs reinforcing in a unique way tech-based business creation at the interfaces of engineering, natural, life and data sciences and medicine. They support entrepreneurial talent in tech-based business translation from research, offering an entire ecosystem with the necessary development environments. 

    The TUM Venture Lab Additive Manufacturing offers domain-specific support in the field of 3D printing for students, founders and researchers in order to empower the AM experts and entrepreneurs of tomorrow!

    What we find exciting about 3D printing:

    We are convinced that 3D printing will play a key role in fabricating sustainable and game-changing products. 3D printing enables us to manufacture complex structures based on nature's template and deliver highly optimized and individualized solutions for the big challenges of our time. For us, 3D printing is not an alternative to traditional manufacturing, but a paradigm shift in how we produce in the future...let's print a better future!


    Who can participate?

    The Challenge is open to anyone interested in 3D printing (minimum age: 18 years) and is not limited to students from the HNU. A timely registration before the due date is required to participate in the Challenge. (see conditions of participation §2, §3)

    May I join the team?

    Individuell fighters and teams with a maximum size of 3 persons may participate. (see conditions of participation §3)

    What is my specific task?

    Realize your innovative product idea using 3D printing and submit a poster (given template), specifying the product and illustrating it with photos. The convincing concepts are determined by a pre-selection.

    Then develop a business concept including a business plan (given template). The best concepts are selected and invited to the final presentation.

    Present your results on the final in the form of a pitch (given template) in front of a jury consisting of representatives from business, research, technology and entertainment.  Within your presentation on the final, the following points should be considered:

    • Presentation of the product / story
    • Presentation of the 3D-printed part(s) including product functions / applications / unique selling proposition (USP)
    • Presentation of the business plan / cost & profit analysis
    • Answering questions from the jury

    (see participation conditions §4)

    When are the deadlines for relevant submissions and when are important dates?

    see timetable on the top of this website

    What happens to my intellectual property?

    The intellectual property rights remain with the participants. Within the 3D Printing Challenge, the 3D printed products, business plans and presentations will be published. Participants agree to this publication.

    Participants shall ensure that the copyrights of third parties are not infringed. (see conditions of participation §7)


    Should you have any questions about the challenge, please don't hesitate to contact us: 3ddruck[at]hnu[dot]de.