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New Applications for Micro-Scale 3D Printing

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 376
Posted: Sep 07 2017
Challenge ID: 9934034
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The Seeker is looking for new applications that leverage their proprietary, Micro-Scale, Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing Platform. More details about their capabilities will be provided in the Challenge Details Section.  Your creative ideas are all that is required. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.




Across many industries, miniaturization of devices and components has enabled increased product complexity, improved functionality and opened up new applications and markets. This trend however has been hindered by the limitations of conventional fabrication. Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing is emerging as a disruptive alternative to conventional processes.  The Seeker has developed a unique Additive Manufacturing process capable of producing commercial micro-scale devices, components and subassemblies made from engineering grade metals. 

The Challenge

The Seeker is looking for creative ideas that leverage micro-scale (millimeter – submillimeter) Additive Manufacturing. Concepts can include 1) adding functionality / complexity to existing micro-scale devices, 2) miniaturizing larger devices in order to expand capability and open up new markets, or 3) conceiving entirely new micro-scale devices or components. Concepts should target high-value applications and/or markets. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $20,000, with one award being at least $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 8, 2017, 2017.  Late submissions will not be considered.  

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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