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Hyperloop break „Bellow rail brake“ wins the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2022

Zurich-Erfurt, 440km in 20 min - at Hyperloop speed to Erfurt. The 3D Pioneers Challenge selected the winners of the international design award for Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies in a brilliant final. In Thuringia, the spirit of Silicon Valley hovered over Rapid.Tech 3D at Messe Erfurt for three days with the 3DPC 2022 exhibition.

After two years of online events, the winners were finally awarded again on-site in Erfurt. This year, projects from 27 countries and five continents were submitted, of which 37 were now in the final. The participants came from all over the world to the award ceremony in Erfurt.

The main prize winner this year was in the Mobility category. The team around the project "Bellow rail brake" developed a brake for the high-speed transport system Hyperloop taking advantage of 3D printing and thus come a big step closer to the vision of sustainable mobility.

The cross-category sustainability award won WASP 3D from Italy. Here, the material for the large-format printing of a house is obtained entirely from local soil. It is therefore carbon-neutral and can be adapted to any climate and context.

The 3DPC exhibition represented the current developments in Advanced Technologies. A clear trend is material developments and technology processes with a focus on multi-layered sustainability.

For example, the winning project "GeoSlate" shows how to deal with residues from industrial production processes and thus reduces waste in traditional slate production.

In the vertical Design, the e-boat "Tanaruz" scored points by not producing new polymers to print the boats. Circular economy until the end, when the boat itself can be recycled.

Other projects use robotic arms. These have the advantage of printing in three-dimensional space. This means that the material is always applied at the optimal, vector-based angle. For example, in the "Striatus" project by the ETH Zurich, Block Research Group and Zaha Hadid Architects, or in "FormWork" by the MIT, concrete can be reduced with the same load-bearing capacity.

The multi-axis robot-based bioprinting system enables the winner in the MedTech category to print long-term viable heart tissue, all directional cell printing,.

The winner of the Digital category symbolises the central theme of this year's competition "Convergence" - the merging of established and disruptive technologies: „PartBox- Click&Print“. The team uses their printer directly on the production line and can stream and produce the new robotic gripper for the packaging industry at the touch of a button.

Moderator Anja Lange led the award ceremony at the very well-visited booth. At her side were Simone and Christoph Völcker, initiators of the 3D Pioneers Challlenge.

Jurors of the 30-member, international and high-class jury announced the winners of the categories. Karsten Hauser, Siemens AG, said: "I am very happy to be part of this year's jury of the 3D Pioneers Challenge and about the numerous innovative submissions. This helps to strengthen our ecosystem and shape a responsible future!"

The best projects from the categories Mobility, MedTech, Design, Architecture, Material, FashionTech, Electronics, Digital as well as cross-disciplinary Sustainability were honoured. Prizes with a total value of over 150,000 euros were awarded. These included software licences from NTopology and 3D printers from Ultimaker, Formlabs and Makerbot. The prize money in the amount of 35,000 euros was provided by the Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society.

The main prize winner in 2022 is the "Bellow Rail Brake" team from ETH Zurich and inspire AG. In addition to the prize money of 10,000 euros and the Formlabs Printer Form 3, they received the limited design object, the 3DPC Trophy. Urs Hofmann:  „ wir sind so happy.....so eine wahnsinns platform bei so genialen anderen Finalisten- wirklich eine Ehre.“(Zitat fragen wir an „live“ in Erfurt)

The winners in the other categories received prize money of 3,000 euros each.

The students of Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Shuyun Liu and Stefanie Putsch from "Glasklar", were awarded the "Best Student Award". They won 1,000 euros and the Makerbot Sketch 3D printer.

The Swiss project "Bellow Rail Brake", "Geoslate" from the Netherlands and "FLOWall" from Denmark were selected for the "Special Mention by Autodesk Technology Centers“.

On the evening of 18 May, the winners were honoured at the Rapid.Tech 3D gala event in the creative environment of the InnovationsHub KONTOR by Minister for Ecomonic Wolfgang Tiefensee and Exhibition Director Michael Kynast: "The 3D Pioneers Challenge has been an integral part of our Rapid.Tech 3D for seven years and is a real enrichment. We congratulate all the winners and are looking forward to seeing which collaborations the finalists will be able to establish at the trade fair.“

The competition is considered an annual highlight of the scene, which also provide a trend radar for industry and politics. The winners will now be presented in a roadshow exhibition in the German Bundestag, among other places.

3D Pioneers Challenge 2023
Call for entries for 3DPC 2023 will be published in November 2022.

Save te date: Rapid.Tech3D 2023, Messe Erfurt: 09 – 11 May 2023

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