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Design a 3D-printed object using eco-friendly materials for a chance at $3000 CDNApril 8th, 2016

FPIntell LAB, eco-friendly filament, Greenest Filament Challenge, eco-friendly 3d printing, biodegradable 3d printing filament

3D printing is all the rage, but unfortunately the vast majority of filament used is made from plastic. In hopes of spurring commercial adoption of eco-friendly and biodegradable filaments, FPIntell Lab has launched the Greenest Filament Challenge, a design competition that seeks proposals for a 3D-printed object made from wood-based, sustainably sourced materials. Cash prizes totaling $3,000 CDN will be distributed among the winners. The deadline for submissions is April 8, 2016.

April 8th, 2016

April 8th, 2016



$3000 CDN


Your design must:

• Be both sculptural and functional

• Fit inside the dimensions of 22 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm (L x W x H) or 8.5” x 6” x 4”

• Have a form that highlights the origin of the filament material in some way;

o that it comes from trees

o that it is renewable and biodegradable

• Exploit the advantages of FDM technology such as;

o geometric complexity

o organic form

o design in voids

• Respect design guidelines for FDM technology

o avoid overhangs

o if assemblies are built in place make sure there is enough ‘play’ to accommodate sagging

o chamfer/fillet edges to reduce stress points

o optimize orientation for strength


The jury consists of three employees of FPInnovations, one of the world's largest R&D organizations in the world. Charles Gagnon, the VP of Business Development, Terry Knee, the Director of Communications and Barbara Bell-Innovation Support Specialist