‘Geometry and Material in Harmony’ theme of purmundus challenge 2020

June 9, 2020

The theme of this year’s purmundus challenge is ‘Geometry and Material in Harmony’, the organisers have announced. The competition, which is sponsored by Germany’s VDMA, is described as the ‘international trend radar for creative developments in Additive Manufacturing.’ 

Entries from winners and finalists will appear in a special showcase at Formnext 2020, which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from November 10–13, with the winners selected by an international panel of judges and announced in a live ceremony on November 12. 

For the purmundus challenge 2020, participants are invited to submit new ideas and/or products which demonstrate:

  • Innovative materials that have led to new ideas and products
  • Product ideas that have required the development of new materials
  • The improved used of materials thanks to topology optimisation
  • Combinations of materials
  • New ways to use materials
  • Sustainable materials
  • Renewable materials
  • Functional materials
  • Adaptable materials
  • Materials with shape memory
  • Materials with above-average properties
  • Materials that can only be used with Additive Manufacturing
  • Processes that make unforeseen materials printable for new products
  • New materials that make products tangible in new ways (size, surface, resolution, creative freedom)

In addition to the entered designs themselves, the judges will also assess each designs’ benefit in terms of usefulness, economics and aesthetics. Entrants are encouraged to consider methods and materials that have not yet become established, are still the subject of research, or are yet to be invented.

The 2020 purmundus challenge jury includes Christoph Behling, Christoph Behling Design Ltd; Prof Richard Bibb, Loughborough University; Isabelle Fröhlich, Volkswagen AG; Tilla Goldberg, Ippolito Fleitz Group; James Helliwell, hyperTunnel Limited; Dr Alexander Hildebrandt, Festo AG & Co. KG; Frank Kleemann, Freelance industrial designer; Andreas Pany, Ernst Strassacker GmbH & Co. KG; Prof Dali Sun, Beijing University of Technology; Graham Tromans, G P Tromans Associates; and Dr Clara Usma, Deakin University.

The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2020.



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