Additive Industries says that its Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2020 has attracted a record number of finalists.

The company has selected three finalists per category from a record number of 151 contestants.

‘We are pleased to notice that the amount of contestants from all around the world increased compared to last year by 25%,’ said Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries. ‘The designs are submitted from all over the world and across different applications fields including automotive, aerospace, medical, tooling and high tech. They all demonstrated how product designs can be improved when the freedom of additive manufacturing (AM) is applied. This year again many interesting potential business cases were spotted, where within both categories we saw major focus on the elimination of conventional manufacturing difficulties, minimization of assembly and lowering logistical costs.’

The professional finalists are Nina Uppenkamp from SMS Group (Germany), who demonstrated how media blocks, used as fluid-conducting components, can be designed for optimum flow, where both the space and size can be reduced because of AM, and Donatien Campion from 3DMedLab (France) with metal 3D printed expandable intervertebral cages that can be used in the medical field. The third finalist of the professional category is last years’ winner of the Design Challenge, K3D from the Netherlands and Hitech Bihca, submitting a joint redesign of its laser welding head.

 In the student category there was a medical application by Younes Chahid from BiomimeticAM with the Hip Implant Stem Design, from the University of Huddersfield (UK). With a redesign of a hip implant stem, issues with implant revision surgeries and bone resorption could be greatly improved. The SCUT Robotlab team from South China University of Technology (China) issued an improved of the stabilizer mount on a robot for the RoboMaster competition, a key component which connects the mobile system with the upper projectile system. Finally, Samir Mulgaonkar from Sunriser (the US, California) submitted a brake caliper design with the aim of improving the sustainability and emissions produced by cars through light weighting components.

Additive Industries says that there was also an honourable mention in the professional category for a ducting bracket from Aravinth Kamaraj, SPAREPARTS 3D (France).

This story uses material from Additive Industries, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.