Red Dot Award: Design Concept

New category for 3D printings

New category for 3D printings in the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2020

3D printing has long been associated with personalisation and customisation. Today, the applications of the technology goes far beyond printing your own miniature figures and bespoke gifts: Transforming a protein source into printable food as well as creating adaptive footwear or car accessories are just a few examples for 3D printing.

To stay abreast of these changes, participants of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2020 are invited to register their projects to a new, specialised category for 3D printings. The category is open for concepts, prototypes and ready to launch products that leverage on 3D printing as a key differentiation.

In the past years, interesting and innovative projects based on the new technology were awarded a prize in the Red Dot Award: Design Concept.

Maximum walking comfort

A fully 3D printed shoe with integrated soft robotics, printed circuits and silicone airbags: ADAPTIV is a footwear concept created by Leadoff Studio for SOLS. Whether the wearer is running, jumping, slouching or dragging the feet, ADAPTIV will adjust to the body’s fit and motions to prevent injuries and maximise the comfort. The concept was awarded a Red Dot in 2017.

Comfort, safety and sustainability: a 3D printed tyre

Vision is an organic car concept tyre by Michelin. The special features of the tyre are on the one hand the airless and particularly stable structure made of purely biological materials, on the other hand the adaptability and renewability via 3D printing: If the driver specifies his destination via app, the application determines the ideal tyres. At special Michelin service points, the tyre profile can then be quickly and at short term adapted to the weather or the surface using 3D printing. In real time, the app also transmits the condition of the tyre to the driver, who can renew the tyre's surface using 3D printing when necessary. Broken or flat tyres become a thing of the past, which makes Vision a particularly safe tyre. In 2018, the concept was awarded a Red Dot: Best of the Best.

Cooking with insects

Insects and worms are generally not perceived as an appetising or good-looking delicacy. That should change with the BOUCHEE CAPSULE FOOD PRINTER: The 3D printer converts protein sources, such as mealworms or seaweed, into freely configurable foods. To do this, the device is filled with the ingredients contained in capsules as pastes. The “cook” can use the app to decide on the appearance of the printed dishes. With just a push of a button, the printer converts the mealworm or seaweed paste into a snack. The jury of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2018 was convinced of the concept and awarded it a Red Dot.

Standard submission possible until 25 March 2020

Participants can have a look at the new category of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept online and use it or one of the more than 40 other categories for the registration of design concepts, prototypes and ready to launch products. Until 25 March 2020, the standard submission phase is running. From 26 March to 15 May, “Latecomers” have the chance to submit their concepts.