Purmundus challange 2014

Simon Ruber's generic grip won Best Concept.
Germany - Heimsheim/Stuttgart/Frankfurt - the purmundus challenge 2014 presented its exciting final exhibition at EuroMold from 25th till 28th of november. The competition for 3D printing was operated in cooperation with the Demat GmbH and invited designers and engineers. This year the topic was: "Print up your life! – How does 3D printing change our world?“

In the categories "Best Concept" and "Best Product" it was possible to win 3.000€ in total. Over all categories there was a 2nd prize (voucher for printing services worth 500€) and a 3rd prize (voucher for printing services worth 250€). Most entries arrived from Europe. The final exhibition presented submissions from Germany, Scotland and Africa.
"We are delighted to present a very diverse exhibition in the final! The jury was very excited by the still very unusual ideas.” tells Christoph Völcker (member of the jury and Creative Director purmundus). Concepts for desktop 3D printers – which provide rapid solutions to problems in everyday life, or else customizable products such as diving masks bribed this year’s purmundus challenge.
In the category "Best Concept" won Simon Ruber 's submission "Generic Grip" (Stuttgart ): An individualized handle of a hammer is produced adapted to the ergonomics of the user. In addition, it can be replaced if necessary and under ecological aspects , without having to discard the entire hammer. The jury: „Generic Grip – designed by Simon Ruber is a real human tool interface. The concept can be transferred to other applications like sports grips like golf or tennis for example.”

In the category "Best Product" won Roy Ombatti’s submission "Happy feet" (Kenya): Children's feet in Kenya are easy victims of the "jigger-louse". Toes and feet are sore and swollen that they can’t walk any more easily. The open wounds are very painful. By scanning the feet, an adapted shoe is produced, which enables the child to go again. For the 3D printer, the local plastic waste is crushed and extruded into a filament which can be used directly. The recycled material forms the footbed, soft areas are completed with the help of textiles.
The jury: „The designer, Roy Ombatti, with „Happy feet“ focuses on problems in the Third World. Happy Feet – an individualized shoe for children – has biggest impact on their lifes and represents the relevant features in 3D-printing: individualization, printing on demand and reuse of local materials.” Category Cross Second place won Yuske Goto with "Double Helix Cable": An extension cord that is produced in small size "4-D printing" principle and can then be stretched. Third place and beyond also named to the visitor voting, took Hannah Vogt 's submission "Ciur": A riding helmet that combines individual protection with lifestyle.

Florian Horsch - Writer
Sylvia Olp - aed Stuttgart
Terry Wohlers - Wohlers Association
Kay-Uwe Witte - XO-Design Group, advisory board EuroMold
Alexander Hafner - General Manager MakerBot Europe
Prof. Volker Helzle - Filmakademie Ludwigsburg
Botho Reichmann - Rat für Formgebung / German Design Council
Christoph Völcker - purmundus