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Protomycokion, Lund University, Ana Goidea, David Andréen, DNK
3D-printed mycelial biomaterials for sustainable construction, an architectural column that grows naturally.

The 3D Pioneers Challenge is an international design award competition for additive manufacturing and advanced technologies. The nominees for its finale have just been announced. Now in its sixth year, the competition for innovation received entries from 32 countries and five continents, which were assessed by an international 21-person jury representing politics, education, research, industry and sector specialists. The participants include professionals and young professionals as well as start-up companies and students. The 43 finalists will be introduced on the 3D Pioneers Challenge website and social media in the lead-up to the awards ceremony.

This year’s challenge focused on the innovation of advanced technologies, alongside its core emphasis on additive manufacturing. The organisers say that the nominees have demonstrated a paradigm shift, with projects and products being reconceptualised through digital processes and technologies. They say that sustainability is playing a major role ecologically and economically in the “new normal”. They also describe the concepts as being socially positive and innovative and taking the first steps “into a progressive era of transformation”. The winners will be honoured at a digital “3DPC” awards ceremony on 22 June. In addition to prize money totalling EUR 35,000 provided by the state of Thuringia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society, the winners can look forward to multiple non-cash prizes.

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