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Additive Manufacturing Design Contest for Young Engineers 2021 - Apply now!

The annual conference M2i Meeting Materials, will host an open Additive Manufacturing Design Contest for young engineers.


We challenge all young engineers and researchers to design a novel product, to be printed with wire arc additive manufacturing. This year both teams (max. 5 persons) and individuals are invited to join! You have until 19 November 2021 to submit your design together with the application form found below.


  • Are you enrolled in a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree program at a European university? Or are you a young professional who is still under the age of 35 years on 14 December 2021?

  • Do you have an idea for a 3D printed component that can be made with the wire arc additive manufacturing technology?

  • Are you passionate about technology and want to see your ideas take shape?


The Design Contest is part of the Horizon 2020 project Grade2XL. This project will demonstrate the potential of multi-material wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) for large structures. Grade2XL will deliver multi-material products of superior quality and performance, cut lead times by up to 96% and enable massive savings for the maritime, energy and industrial machinery sectors. The Grade2XL consortium is led by M2i and gathers 21 partners from eight European countries, top innovators in the field of wire arc additive manufacturing.


The following criteria will shape the selection process:

  1. Novelty: new geometry, impossible to manufacture with conventional processes;

  2. Functionally graded: showing added value of multi-material composition, i.e. different properties at different locations;

  3. Purpose: the design should be intended for a real engineering application.


There is a maximum score of 10 points:

  1. Novelty: The extent to which the proposed design is a new geometry impossible to manufacture with conventional processes. Score 0-3

  2. Functionally graded: The extent to which the proposed gains (material or financial savings) when a multi-material approach is used, i.e. different properties at different locations. Score 0-3

  3. Purpose: The extent to which the design is suitable for an existing engineering application. Score 0-3

  4. Bonus point: Potential to impact the industry i.e. transferability of the approach towards other applications and sectors. Score 1


The Jury consist of five experts working in the field of WAAM, in academic and industrial organisations which are at the forefront of WAAM.


One winner/winning team will have their part manufactured at RAMLAB in Rotterdam. If the designed part is heavier than 20 kg, a representative component of up to 20 kg will be printed. The winner/winning team will be selected via a blind procedure.


The submission deadline is 19 November 2021. The winner will be announced during the M2i "Meeting Materials" Conference on 14 December 2021.


Make sure you download one of the application forms. In the form you will find all information necessary for submitting your design.

Design Contest Grade2XL_TEAMS_application form
Download PDF • 2.30MB

Design Contest Grade2XL_INDIVIDUALS_application form
Download PDF • 2.32MB


If you have any question please contact us at: designcontest[at]




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