Redesign Japanese and Korean Accessories for our new Challenge!

Have you ever imagined creating your very own version of a beautiful Japanese hairpins or a stunning brooch for your Korean hanbok?  They had their design limitations then….but now with the 3D Print technology there is nothing called design barrier!

i.materialise, in cooperation with Materialise Malaysia and Japan, challenges you to recreate the traditional Japanese & Korean accessories using the 3D print technology. The winning entries will be part of the international exhibition in Japan!

Materialise will be hosting the North East Asia Conference (NEA) in Japan on the 5th and 6th of September.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out and explore the 3D printing technology and experiment with design.

For this competition, your challenge is to use 3D printing to recreate traditional Japanese or Korean accessories in 3D printed polyamide. Examples are the Japanese Netsuke, traditional hairpins and Korean Hanbok accessories.

These items are by themselves master creations; so be innovative and use the strength of 3D printing to make each piece narrate its own story and create a place for itself in the next revolution of product design.

We will select 10 winning designs. They will all be 3D printed and exhibited during the Fashion show at the NEA Conference  5th and 6th of September. After the show they will be added to the i.materialise online gallery. For the designs that really catch our eye there is also a chance to be showcased in the .MGX showroom in Belgium.

Note that the jury selects upon the 3D renders you put online, so make sure to make a very clear, visible render.

This challenge is open to all designers, professional and amateur, regardless of sex, age or nationality.

Submissions will be accepted up to 23:59 Central European Time, July 17th, 2013.

There is no limit on the number of entries per contestant. To enter, you need to upload your design(s) here and provide a clear explanation (under ‘desciption’) in at least 50 words. Note: we will put the english version online on Monday, but you can submit your design already at the Japanese or Korean version.

The i.materialise team together with the Japanese office.

Participants need to upload their file here. You can find more information about the file formats in our FAQs under ‘website’. The material for this challenge is polyamide.

There are limits on the size of the design:

Bounding box polyamide: 20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm


·         i.materialise’s general terms & conditions apply to this challenge, for more information visit: &

·         All entries must be unique and never 3D printed before.

·         i.materialise reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. Any amendment to competition rules will be posted on the i.materialise website.

·         In addition, attendance of the semi-finalists at the award event is not mandatory and will be at expense of contestants. Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No cash alternatives or substitutes will be allowed. The decision of the jury will be final.