3D printing innovators topped at Purmundus Problem 2021 awards ceremony


The winners of the Purmundus Problem have been unveiled on the Formnext 2021 commerce present.

Tasked with devising distinctive 3D printable designs in step with the competition’s ‘innovation in progress’ theme, this 12 months’s winners didn’t disappoint. At a reside ceremony, a complete of eight entries, starting from an ETH Zurich bike brake caliper to an Aidro toucan beak, have been awarded the competition’s coveted gold trophy, for his or her position in proving that innovation within the trade may be very a lot alive and properly. 

The winners of the 2021 Purmundus Challenge.
The winners of the 2021 Purmundus Problem. Photograph by Paul Hanaphy.

Innovation in progress 

Now in its ninth version, the Purmundus Problem is a 3D Printing Trade-backed contest that invitations engineers from around the globe to 3D print their method round frequent design issues. Hailing from all types of various industries, earlier award winners have provide you with all the things from Stealth Keys to 3D Music Devices, and the 2021 competitors has attracted 35 spectacular finalists. 

In response to the Problem’s organizers, this 12 months’s finalists have taken the concept that 3D printing generally is a ‘mass-customization enabler’ to the following degree, with designs protecting an array of VR, robotics, medical, e-mobility and powertrain functions. 

In the end, these entries have been narrowed down to simply eight award winners, which have been honored at Formnext’s ‘AM4U’ stage on November 18 2021. Nonetheless, whereas the competitors for this 12 months’s Purmundus prizes has been as scorching as ever, lots of the runners up nonetheless entered some highly-impressive product designs, corresponding to MX3D’s large-format elevator cart and Altair Engineering’s spiky ‘BushBot-Chair.’

For the fortunate few that have been awarded one of many competitors’s prestigious trophies, additionally they gained a share of prizes value €30,000, together with the reward of the Purmundus Problem organizer Cirp GmbH’s Dennis Lang, who stated he was “delighted with this 12 months’s entries,” and complemented the “half consolidation” exhibited by lots of the profitable designs. 

Act'ble's patented 3D printed ballet shoe sole design.
Act’ble’s patented 3D printed ballet shoe sole design. Picture through the Purmundus Problem.

Act’ble takes this 12 months’s prime prize 

The competitors’s prime prize went to German start-up Act’ble and its elaborate ‘new pointe’ 3D printed sole for classical ballet and up to date dancers. Designed alongside professional athletes, the shoe’s uniquely-integrated higher is alleged to make it final 5 occasions longer than regular slippers, whereas “creating new potentialities for particular person creative expression.”

Second place went to the ‘Journey Sax,’ a transportable 3D printed digital saxophone that its creator Odesei Music says is the smallest and lightest of its sort on this planet. Already performed by greater than 1200 musicians worldwide, the instrument options keys which might be modeled on these of normal saxophones in addition to laptop computer and smartphone compatibility, thus it permits customers to play melodies on the transfer. 

Now in its second iteration, the award-winning system has been made out there for pre-order through Odesei Music’s retailer website at €495, with delivery anticipated to start in Might 2022. 

In third place got here HEXR and its custom-fitted PA11 cycle helmet. To customise the honeycomb-shaped headgear, the corporate first 3D scanned a check topic, earlier than importing the ensuing information to an app, able to mechanically producing customized helmet designs. As soon as modelled, the agency 3D printed its inside constructions and smaller components, then added its shell, straps and padding. 

Elsewhere, the 2021 Altair Simulation Pushed Design Award went to Desktop Metallic subsidiary Aidro for its ‘toucan beak’ bio-inspired warmth exchanger. Produced utilizing a laser powder mattress fusion (LPBF) system, the half incorporates intricate microchannels that allow it to cut back stress drops. This, along with its optimized dimension and weight, might lend the system future high-end industrial functions, in accordance with its creators.

Engineers from educational establishments ETH Zurich and SUTD have been additionally acknowledged for his or her respective bio-inspired delicate robotics and 3D printed ‘built-in brake caliper’ analysis on the Purmundus ceremony, whereas Roberto Trunfio’s ‘Delijuice’ received the competition’s Public Alternative Award, and macu4’s modular customizable prosthetics gained a particular point out too.

HEXR's award-winning 3D printed helmet.
HEXR’s third-placed 3D printed helmet. Picture through the Purmundus Problem.

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Featured picture reveals the winners of the 2021 Purmundus Problem. Photograph by Paul Hanaphy.


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