The Additive Design Challenge is a competition at the crossroads of
Ecodesign means that social and environmental impacts of the product throughout its lifecycle (from sourcing through to disposal) are considered in the design, ensuring a positive impact on people and planet. ecodesign and Additive manufacturing
We’re assuming a broad interpretation of additive manufacturing: as the whole of digital production techniques creating objects by adding material. additive manufacturing — 3D printing in all its forms. The potential of additive manufacturing is clear for all to see. It has been gaining ground as a technique for developing prototypes and personalised products and objects, and is being used to produce eye-catching fashion designs and even 3D printed houses. But how often have you seen it applied to make a positive impact on society and the environment? That’s what this challenge is about: we want to put the spotlight on 3D printing for ecodesign.
The Additive Design Challenge invites thinkers, makers and doers to put 3D printing at work for people and planet.
We’ve created the Challenge with a bigger picture in mind: the aim for
As opposed to our current linear economic system, in which raw materials are made into products that are destroyed at the end of their lifecycle, the circular economy is geared towards optimum reusability of products and resources, while minimising the destruction of value. a circular economy — an economic system in which waste is no more than a design error. We want to make the next manufacturing revolution a circular one. We also want to promote sustainable business models. That is why this competition aims beyond just creating new products: as a contestant, you will also need to take into account the entire context surrounding your product/service/system, including manufacturing, distribution, sales, recovery, re-use and recycling.
The Challenge is conceived as a stage-gate process. Your idea/concept will be reviewed by an expert jury at each of a number of deadline (selection) events. Only the best will advance to the next stage. Plan C and Forum for the Future will provide assistance and guidance throughout the process, in collaboration with a network of makers, industry professionals, researchers ...
The Challenge offers a valuable free learning experience that is yours for the taking. You’ll get expert guidance for the development of your product and business model. You’ll meet other designers as well as industry, marketing and knowledge professionals. Furthermore, as a contestant you will be the first to receive the Additive Toolbox: a newly developed set of tools to help you make your design an ecodesign. Of course, you will retain full ownership of all rights to your design.
If you make it to the final, you can count on intensive guidance. We will help you with product development and we will attract press, organise an expo, etc.
The top three designs will be featured in trade magazines and their designers will get a fully-produced model to take home.
The principles are elaborated upon in the Additive Toolbox, a complementary design inspiration toolkit that will be sent to each contestant.
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