The competition

Solvay is committed to pushing the limits of Additive Manufacturing (AM) with high-performance polymers by developing open innovation projects with universities and start-ups. In 2018 Solvay launched an international Additive Manufacturing competition called AM Cup.

Past editions have been very successful and inspiring. The winning teams have demonstrated the potential of high-performance 3D printing for fabricating complex polymer shapes and overcome the challenges of fused filament fabrication (FFF) to create parts that can virtually match the performance and quality of conventional injection molded parts. 

For the third edition of the AM Cup in 2021, Solvay is partnering with L’Oréal and Ultimaker in a global challenge that is addressed to engineers, makers and students with 3D affinity from universities around the world. 


L’Oréal is the world’s largest cosmetics company with the mission of "creating the beauty that moves the world” Offering each and every person around the world the best of beauty in terms of quality, efficacy, safety, sincerity, and responsibility.




Ultimaker offers the largest diversity of 3D printing products and services in the industry. The seamless integration of hardware, software, and materials is easy to use.



The collaboration with these strong partners further accentuates the importance of optimizing material, hardware, and process together when designing a successful 3D printing project. This year’s challenge is to design a 3D printed real-world industrial application which highlights the potential of AM to revolutionize production line agility.


The material to be used will be provided by Solvay, specifically chosen for the challenge from our portfolio of high-performance filaments and powders for 3D printing comprising Solef® PVDF, KetaSpire® PEEK and Radel® PPSU AM filaments. 

The competition will start on September 1st 2021 and run through to mid-November 2021. 

Due to covid-19 restrictions, it may be hard for students to directly print their designs. For this reason, we have organized for the top finalists submitted designs to be printed directly by Ultimaker using their S3 or S5 desktop printer. The application will then be tested by L’Oréal.

The material to be used is Solef® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) which has been specifically chosen from Solvay’s portfolio of high-performance filaments and powders for 3D printing. Solvay's portfolio also comprises KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) filaments, which include medical and carbon fiber filled grades. 


The winner will be announced in January 2022 and will receive a Five Thousand Euro prize from Solvay to be reinvested in academic, societal, or entrepreneurial activities, an Ultimaker 2+ Connect printer, and a high-profile tour of L’Oréal’s production facilities.   

What we expect from candidates:

  • Design CURA project file (.3mf) with saved parameters
  • Print job preparation instructions 
  • 2 min pitch or 1 pager summary on part design thought process

More information on deliverables and assessment criteria will be detailed in the project brief.

Don’t miss out on the chance to join the Solvay AM Cup 2021 and contribute to the evolution of 3D printing.

Register here