The Challenge

How can additive manufacturing contribute significantly towards environmental sustainability and energy efficiency? Can we develop a roadmap that bridges engineering and environmental science with the aid of additive manufacturing / 3D printing technologies to propose solutions that address some of the biggest challenges of our times?

Elsevier 3D Printing Grand Challenge

To encourage researchers to come up with new solutions, Elsevier is holding its first 3D Printing Grand Challenge. The winning project will receive a prize of $15,000. A best innovation prize of $10,000 will also be awarded.

The Elsevier 3D Printing Grand Challenge will open for proposals on 1st November 2016. Participants are asked to submit proposals outlining innovative ideas and solutions using additive manufacturing technology to advance healthcare, education, clean water, food, energy, transportation, and heavy manufacturing while protecting our natural environment and human well-being. 

Project criteria

The Elsevier 3D Printing Grand Challenge aims to support innovative ideas and solutions using additive manufacturing technology to advance healthcare, education, clean water, food, energy, transportation, and heavy manufacturing  while protecting our natural environment and human well-being. 

The Elsevier 3D Printing Grand Challenge is open to individuals or organizations from academia and industry from all countries. Projects can be in any field where additive manufacturing / 3D printing techniques are applicable, and will be reviewed by a Panel of Judges on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Adequately meet current sustainable manufacturing practices, procedures, and definitions;
  • Be replicable, scalable, sustainable and set a benchmark for innovation.
  • Address issues such as energy or resources efficiency based on the current status
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness, break-even analyses and life-cycle assessments, and offer a critical comparison to conventional manufacturing practices with clear data to support the same
  • Have at least one of the following objectives:
    • Provide a more sustainable method for using resources, through the modeling, design, manufactured demonstration of a final product.
    • Present a new business model fitting into the criteria of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

General guidelines

To enter, participants should first submit their ideas and proposals in the form of an abstract, which should clearly present original ideas or research results. Applications will be reviewed by the Grand Challenge Chairs and a panel of judges, comprised of field specialists.

Participants whose abstract is approved, will receive a link to the online application webpage, in order to submit their full paper, of up to four pages in length. The title should be brief and descriptive, and the body should include rationale, methods, and results. 

Papers will be peer-reviewed against the Judging Criteria set by the Challenge advisory group comprised of external specialists and relevant internal colleagues. The advisory group will reduce the Papers received to a shortlist of semi-finalists, whose Papers will be published in Materials Today Communications.

  • Abstract Submission from 1st November 2016 – 31st January 2017
  • Full paper Submissions open until 15th March 2017
  • Semi-finalists announced on 15th April 2017
  • Winners announced 15th May 2017

Please consult the full Terms and Conditions for additional information before entering.

Submission

To submit your abstract, first download and complete the Abstract Template file below. Once you are ready to submit, please return to this page, log in to your free Materials Today member account below, and complete the form that appears.

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