The competition

The Additive Manufacturing Cup is an international contest where student teams take on today's challenges of 3d printing high-performance polymers.

2019 AM Cup Challenge

Each team will receive 500g of PPSU filaments to complete two challenges:


Preliminary Challenge

Optional challenge where you can win 1kg of PPSU (worth over $500) by printing test bars that meet the Solvay performance levels.


Main Challenge

Replicate defined shapes in 3D, printing PPSU through FFF technique to win the competition. The winning academic teams can win prizes up to 10,000 €. 

The Winners

Winners were selected from 35 student teams from 32 universities across three continents.

The winning teams selected by an international jury received ten, five and three thousand euros respectively, to be reinvested in academic, societal or entrepreneurial activities.


It was inspiring to see the various approaches to solving the challenges of fused filament fabrication (FFF) such as bed adhesion and chamber temperature management. The winning team demonstrated once more that 3D printed parts can virtually match the performance and quality of conventional injection molded parts, provided material, hardware, and process are optimised together. We look forward to sharing with our customers the benefits gained from this edition of the Solvay AM Cup for 3D printing the best possible PPSU parts for applications in various industries such as aerospace, healthcare and industrial.

Ryan Hammonds, president of the AM Cup Jury and R&D platform manager for Solvay’s Specialty Polymers global business unit

Previous Challenges

  • 2018: Demonstrate your aptitude for additive manufacturing by fabricating complex polymer shapes with KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) AM filament.