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Design Competition

IperionX Binder Jet 3D Printing Competition

IperionX aims to bring about the Age of Titanium with our sustainable, low-to-zero carbon, low cost titanium supply chain. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all known metals, is naturally corrosion resistant, and can withstand extreme temperatures, making it the superior choice for many metal Additive Manufacturing applications.

Is there a current part in your industry that you think would be improved if it was made from titanium?

IperionX is sponsoring a 3D Printed Titanium Part Design Contest. Submit your 3D design of a current industry part and write an explanation for why you think this part would be better printed in titanium than its current material for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!

If you are selected as a winner, your submission will be printed from our titanium metal powder via Binder Jet 3D Printing. Your current part/3D design may be applicable to any industry.

Please email submissions to [email protected] by 12am EDT Wednesday, August 31, 2022


Competitor Eligibility

The IperionX Binder Jet 3D Printing Design Competition is open to all currently enrolled students aged 18+ including undergraduates and graduate students (PhD, Masters, etc.). Student applicants must be enrolled in a US university. Applicants must submit the name of their current university, the program or major they’re enrolled in, whether they are an undergraduate or graduate student, and their expected graduation date and degree.


Submission Requirements

3D Design Submission:  STP CAD file required, with additional .STL file preferred. and .PDF image or screenshot of design is required.

Maximum size: 100mm cube volume (parts in the 1-3 inch size range)

Winning design will be printed on the ExOne Innovent+ Metal Binder Jet 3D Printer using Ti-6Al-4V powder

Written Justification:  .DOC or .PDF document. With a maximum of 1,500 words, explain what your design is and why it should be printed in titanium. Please answer the following:

  • What is the current industry part you are submitting?
  • What is the part used for?
  • What material is the part currently made of?
  • Why would it be beneficial to have the part printed in titanium over its current material?
    • What would change or improve if the part was printed in titanium?
    • What issue would be fixed by printing the part in titanium?


Please include the following information in your .doc or .pdf:

  • Current university attended (must be in the United States)
  • Major/Degree Program
  • Undergraduate/graduate student status
  • Expected graduation date and degree
  • Short bio and/or resume/CV
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Do you have any knowledge of prior art or patents issued on the design/material concept? If so, please explain (max. 200 words).


By submitting this application, applicant agrees to have the 3D design used by IperionX for marketing and demonstration purposes. IperionX has the right to print as many copies of the design in titanium as needed.

Winning applicants will be notified via email at [email protected] on or before September 15, 2022.



First place – $1,000 cash prize, publication recognition, and social media recognition

Second place – $500 cash prize

Third place – $125 cash prize

Fourth place – $125 cash prize

Fifth place – $125 cash prize

Competition start date: Thursday, July 21, 2022

Submission deadline date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Winner announcement date via social media and direct contact of the winner via email: September 15, 2022

Winners of the Binder Jet 3D Printing Design Competition will be determined by the following parameters.

  • Vision: How well does the part capture the vision of the Age of Titanium?
  • Transformation: Is the part actually better made from titanium versus its original material?
  • Functionality: How functional or useful is the part?
  • Practicality: Is the part actually printable in titanium?
  • Optimized for Additive Manufacturing: Does the part need a large amount of supports? Can multiples of the design be printed in a single build (could the part be mass produced)?


The following Judges will evaluate how well the 3D design and written submission fit into the criteria as set by the parameters of the Binder Jet 3D Printing Design Competition.

  • Dr. Eliana Fu, Technical Advisor at IperionX and Industry Manager: Aerospace & Medical at TRUMPF North America
  • Dr. Zak Fang, CTO & Founder at Blacksand Technology
  • Dr. Pei Sun, Research & Technology Director at Blacksand Technology
  • Dr. Hyrum Lefler, VP of Research & Development at IperionX
  • Anastasios Arima, CEO at IperionX
  • Isabelle Duran, VP of Marketing at IperionX


Terms and Conditions

1. ELIGIBILITY. This Binder Jet 3D Printing Design Competition (the “Contest”) is offered by IperionX Technology LLC (“Sponsor”) to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in a United States university who are at least 18 years old. Employees and directors of Sponsor and all of its subsidiary and related companies, and their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son, regardless of where they live) or members of their same households (whether related or not) of such employees and directors are not eligible.

2. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS.By entering this Contest, you agree to these official rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. No purchase is necessary to win, and purchasing any product will not improve your chances to win. This Contest is void in states where contest is not valid or allowed. Winner must accept all terms and conditions to qualify.

3. PROMOTIONAL PERIOD. The promotional period for this Contest begins and ends on the dates on the entry page. (“Promotional Period”).

4. ENTRY. There is no cost to enter the Contest, which must be entered online. The computer used to enter the Contest must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology (now known or hereafter devised or discovered), which may be used by the Sponsor for the purposes of entry tracking. No responsibility is assumed for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, or service provider/Internet/Web site/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or unauthorized human intervention.

5. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. By entering this Contents, whether or not your design is selected for a prize, you agree to grant IperionX the option to commercialize your design in exchange for paying you a 0.5% royalty on all revenue generated from any sales of products based on your design for 3 years following the end of the Contest period. After the end of the 3rd year anniversary of the end of the Contest, IperionX would own the intellectual property rights to your design and would no longer be obligated to pay any royalty on your design.

6. SELECTION. The winner(s) will be selected from all eligible entries received by Sponsor or Sponsor’s designated representative.

7. PRIZE/ODDS. No warranties or representations of any kind are made about the prizes. No assignment or transfer of a prize is permitted prior to delivery of the prize to the winner. Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes. Prizes will be mailed to the winners within 14 days of notification and verification of winning status.  Prizes will be forfeited should the winner choose to not accept or decline the prize for any reason.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS. Void where prohibited. Each winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize, participation in any contest related activity, or participation in this contest. To accomplish this, winners must execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity Release and Release from Liability within 2 days of notification. Failure to timely return this affidavit, or if prize notification or prize is returned as non-deliverable, may result in disqualification with an alternate winner selected. Where permitted by law, winner agrees to grant to Sponsor, and its licensees, affiliates and assigns, the right to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the world wide web, at any time or times, the winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information as news or information and for advertising and promotional purposes without additional consideration; and further without such additional compensation, appear for, or provide biographical information for use in, any presentation or other activity which may include filming/audio/video/electronic or other recordings and/or interviews, as may be determined from time to time by Sponsor. Failure to make such appearances or grant such rights may result in disqualification with an alternate winner or potential winner selected; and while not obligated to do so, Sponsor may in its sole discretion, bear such reasonable costs and expenses which Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate for winners or potential winners to appear for a presentation or other activity. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; to be acting in violation of these Contest rules; or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Sponsor will prosecute any fraudulent activities to the full extent of the law.

9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Contest website. Sponsor is not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the Contest website. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, could corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest. IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR, ITS LICENSEES, AND OR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING, LEGAL OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE CONTEST WEBSITE OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID SITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

10. DISPUTES. As a condition of participating in this Contest, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in the state of North Carolina, which Court shall apply the laws of the State of North Carolina without regard for doctrines of Conflict of Law. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Promotion), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

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