3D Printing a Sustainable World

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What does sustainability mean to you?

  • Efficiency?
  • Recycling?
  • A better way of living?

One thing is clear: our planet needs bright ideas and new ways of thinking, consuming and living.

Pitch your idea and I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, will turn the winning idea for sustainability into 3D printed reality.

Submit an idea

What can I do?

Anyone can enter an idea!* The idea should impart a message about sustainability or the environment. It could be a design for a sustainable missing parts, a piece of art, a sustainable method for filtering water, anything.

When can I send my idea?

Entries close Monday 30th September at 5pm. Our shortlisting panel will choose a finalist from each category based on technical criteria and print feasibility, as well as strength of connection to the sustainability theme.

How does my idea get picked?

Each shortlisted entrant will be teamed up with an I-Form researcher and their idea will be quizzed and voted on by Irish school students and the public. Then I-Form will turn the winning idea for sustainability into 3D printed reality.

What do I win?

The entry with the most votes will be designed and printed by a researcher from I-Form. A €500 cash prize will be awarded to help the winner promote their sustainability work.

Read more about the competition


*The competition is open to anyone resident in the Republic of Ireland who has an idea to help create a more sustainable future. Entries can be from individuals or teams. (Note: People working in or studying 3D printing full time are excluded from entering.)


About I-Form

I-FormThe I-Form mission is to shape the future of manufacturing through high-impact research into the application of digital technologies to materials processing. I-Form brings together a nationwide pool of expertise in materials science, engineering, data analytics and cognitive computing.

I-Form is applying exciting developments in digital technologies to materials processing, to improve understanding, modelling and control, thus increasing the competitiveness of Irish manufacturing on the world stage. Read more…