Shape the Future Competition 2019 - Finalists

5 ideas to shape the future


Five finalists have been announced in the Shape the Future Competition, each with an innovative idea to use 3D printing to help create a sustainable future.


Between 11th and 15th November the finalists, together with partner researchers from  I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, are championing their ideas in the Shape the Future Zone, where they will be answering questions from the public, and competing for their vote.


The finalists include:

  • a wearable biosphere to be “worn as a constant reminder of the delicate balance of our planet”

  • a water filter which “will give people in poverty clean water to drink”

  • personalised speakers made using recycled materials to “help prevent the environment from further harm and depletion of natural resources”

  • a guitar capo made using generative design to use “the minimum possible amount of material in the minimum possible amount of time”

  • and 3D paintings made using recycled materials to “provide graphic materials to the blind community”.


On Friday 15th November, the winning idea will be announced and will go on to be made into 3D printed reality by researchers at I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing. The winner will also receive €500 to spend promoting their sustainability work.

Join the conversation at
Anyone can log in through their social media accounts to ASK questions and cast their VOTE.


Winner announced on Friday 15th