Elsevier 3D Printing Grand Challenge

Dear Author,

Please accept our apologies for the delay in issuing a decision letter regarding the Elsevier 3D Printing Grand Challenge. Due to the overwhelming number of submissions received and the summer holidays, the reviews have taken slightly longer than expected.  We apologize for the inconvenience this matter may cause you and we appreciate your continued patience. Please expect an announcement in mid-October.

With kind regards,

Gail M. Rodney on behalf of the Elsevier 3D Grand Challenge Team  


The portal for entries is now closed. Entrants will be contacted in the near future. Good Luck!

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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?

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.

  • Semi-finalists authors announced – See List below.
  • Abstract Submission: Closed
  • Full paper Submissions: 15th June 2017
  • Winners: announced 31 August

Semi Finalists:

Prof Tony Anson
Prof Andres Diaz Lantada
Dr Joaquin Barreiro
Dr Ram Prasad Gandhiraman
Dr Juan Miguel Lirola Perez
Dr Nicola Bizzotto
Dr sanjay kumar
Prof Dorian Nedelcu
Dr Dheepa Srinivasan
Mrs Maja Rujnic-Sokele
Miss Soumya Jindal
Dr kaiyi jiang
Dr Wojciech Klein
Dr Daekwon Park
Mr Ayman Abdelkarim
Mr Max Juraschek
Prof Giorgio De Pasquale
Mr xinchang ZHANG
Prof Alysia Garmulewicz
  Jian-Yuan LEE
Prof Rupinder Singh
Mr George Alexandru Tilita
Dr Enrique Canessa
Ms Elodie PAQUET
Miss Tan Mui Yen
Mr Kan Sugiyama
Dr Elodie Guyot
Ms Darlene da Luz Boldrini
Mr Francesco Salamone
Dr Emanuele Lindo Secco
Dr Cristina Ivan
Mr Alexander De Vore
Miss Pilar Villanueva
Dr Sam Tammas-Williams
Dr Mariale Moreno
Ms Gabriella Lopes
Mr Milad Mirzaee
  Jeffrey Schussler
Mrs Katharina Childs
Mr Claude Wolf
  Constantinos Franceskides
  Samantha Vettese
Dr zhichao liu
Miss Nur Farah Elya Saidon
Dr Deepali Kaduskar
Mr Filipe Coutinho
Dr Daniele Rigotti
Mr Biranchi Panda
Dr Andrea Lamberti
Dr Javaid Butt
Ms Nadia Barelli
Dr Terje Gjøvaag
Mr Angel Enriquez
Dr Vairavan Narayanan
Mr Marco Uboldi
Dr Cesare Gargioli
Mrs Cindy Kutchko
Dr Christoph Kiener
Mr Mark Bloomfield
Dr Praveen Arany
Ms Sara Abdollahi
Mr Anmol Chattha
Dr Eva Anadioti
Mr Andrey Vyatskikh
Mrs Foteini Setaki
Mr Panagiotis Sakkas
Mr Simone Luigi Marasso
Miss Sandra Matos
Dr Henning Zeidler
  Marita Sauerwein
Ms Natasa Mrazovic
Miss Clara Hedegaard
Dr Matthias Rippmann
Dr Joana Silva-Correia
Mr Hossein Heidari
Dr Feroze Mahmood
Dr Maria Sarakinioti



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