All submissions will be judged according to 3 categories:
- Feasibility (technical and commercial)
- Scalability (manufacturing and team)
Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG) Growth Garage, in collaboration with their partners, is excited to announce the 3D Printing Fused Granulate Fabrication (FGF) Engineering Challenge. This open innovation program invites startups, scaleups, and innovative companies to explore the possibilities of 3D Printing with granulates (pellets).
If you're looking to explore this emerging technology for your part, product, or application, or want to combine it with composites through hybrid manufacturing technologies, the 3D Printing FGF Engineering Challenge presents a great opportunity.
WHAT IS 3D Printing FGF?
Fused Granulate Fabrication is an extrusion-based additive manufacturing method that utilizes granular materials (pellets), typically plastics or composites, as the primary feedstock for printing. It uses a heated nozzle to melt and extrude the granules layer by layer, enabling the creation of intricate and customized objects. What sets FGF apart from other 3D printing methods is its versatility, as it can effectively utilize a wide range of commercially available plastic or composite granulates. This feature makes FGF a cost-effective and easily scalable option with numerous applications.
FGF is an emerging technology which stands out with its precise, high-speed plastics extrusion capability compared to fused filament fabrication (FFF). FGF's distinguishing feature lies in its versatility, as it accommodates a wide range of materials. However, this flexibility demands a more intricate printing process, necessitating custom process settings for different materials. This means that material processability requires a deeper technical understanding compared to Fused Filament Fabrication.
This challenge offers a unique opportunity to access resources and support that can help you bring your innovative ideas to life or enhance your existing product or application with an emerging technology. Mitsubishi Chemical Group Growth Garage is committed to helping you achieve your goals, providing a comprehensive package of benefits and resources valued at $25,000 to the challenge winner.
In this open innovation program, Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG) Growth Garage collaborates with selected industry partners including Ford Motor Company, Alstom, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, CEAD Group, ADAXIS, Belotti SpA, FIS Robotics , Haddy and Nedcam. To promote sustainable innovation, The Global KAITEKI Center (TGKC) and Arizona State University are also part of the Engineering Challenge.
Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s wide range of 3D Printing material portfolio
Mitsubishi Chemical Group's wide range of 3D Printing materials offers solutions for every need. The portfolio comprises:
Over 65 standard off-the-shelf pellet grades
Custom-made pellets tailored to specific properties and requirements.
Soft to structural materials, high-temperature performance materials, recycled materials, and bio-based materials
Customizable materials with flame retardancy, UV-stability, transparency, and specific mechanical properties
The 3D Printing FGF Engineering Challenge is open to a diverse range of participants, including those who are:
Inexperienced with 3D Printing: Individuals and companies looking to explore the possibilities of 3D Printing FGF for prototyping or small series production.
Experienced with 3D Printing (FFF): Those who have experience with 3D Printing and are interested in testing, implementing, and transitioning to FGF.
Experienced with 3D Printing: Innovators seeking to integrate FGF with hybrid technologies like continuous carbon-fiber-based composites.
Exploring various application areas
We're inviting companies offering solutions for parts, products, and applications that can be used in a wide range of industries, including:
Mobility: Automotive parts, jigs and fixtures, autonomous delivery vehicles, rail systems, UAVs, eVTOLs, and more.
Assistive Technology: Prosthetics, bionics, and wheelchairs.
Maritime: Ships, boats, yachts, and their components.
Robotics: Industrial and consumer robots, from manufacturing robots to home automation systems.
Valued at 25,000 USD
The Challenge Winner Support is a comprehensive package designed to empower the overall winner of our challenge with valuable resources and assistance worth $25,000. We are committed to nurturing and advancing the promising idea or project of the winning participant, and this support includes a wide array of benefits:
Support in Material/Technology Selection: We understand the critical role that materials and technologies play in the success of any project. Our support will encompass guidance in choosing the right materials and technologies that align with your project's goals and requirements.
Assessment and Evaluation of Value Proposition and Business Model: Our experts will closely assess and evaluate your project's value proposition and business model. This in-depth analysis will provide you with valuable insights and recommendations for enhancing your project's market viability and potential for success.
Access to a Wide Selection of (Customizable) Materials for 3D Printing: You will have access to a diverse range of materials for 3D printing, which you can customize to suit the specific needs of your project. This flexibility ensures that you can experiment and fine-tune your designs effectively.
Support in Design for Manufacturing: The transition from design to manufacturing is a crucial phase. We will provide guidance and support to optimize your designs for efficient and cost-effective manufacturing processes, ensuring that your project can be brought to market more efficiently.
Global Exposure in Various Media: As the Challenge Winner, your project will gain substantial global exposure through various media channels. This exposure will help create brand awareness, attract potential collaborators, and generate interest.
Access to Our Wide Partner Network: Our extensive partner network is a valuable resource for forging strategic collaborations. You will be connected to relevant partners who can further support your project's growth.
Exposure to Senior Management in Mitsubishi Chemical Group and the Corporate Venture Group: You will have the unique opportunity to engage with senior executives within Mitsubishi Chemical Group and the Corporate Venture Group. Their insights and experience can provide invaluable mentorship and guidance.
Exposure to Potential Customers: We will facilitate introductions to potential customers who have an interest in your project, helping you to establish meaningful business relationships and expand your market reach.
Access to Experts in Our Community and Jury: Our community of experts and the jury members possess a wealth of knowledge and experience. You will have access to their expertise, allowing you to seek advice and solutions to the challenges you encounter during the development and scaling of your project.
In summary, the Challenge Winner Support is a comprehensive package that goes beyond financial rewards. It is a commitment to nurture and propel your project to new heights, providing you with the resources, mentorship, and connections needed to make your innovation a resounding success. We look forward to partnering with you on this exciting journey.
1. Create an account
Before starting the submission process, you need to create an account. On top of the page you find the "Register" tab on the right side of the top menu. By clicking on the "Register" tab you're redirected to the registration page where required information includes :
Once the registration is completed, you're account is created and ready to login on the platform.
Note: You only need to register once to create a personal account. With this personal account you can join the different programs at any time.
2. Log in to your personal account
Once your account created, click on the "login" tab on the right top side of the page.
Enter email and password to access your created account. Your browser will store your information when you activate the "remember me" tick box.
Forgot password : whenever you forgot your password, click on the "forgot password" link and an email will be send to the submitted address with the new password registration link.
3. Complete your profile.
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Profile section: when you choose to join one of our programs, you need to provide more information and details. This information is mandatory as it will support your submission during the different stages of the program.
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Account overview section: Your submission is stored in the account overview section. You have an overview of the actif submission but also the past submission when you participated in previous programs.
Click on the actif submission to edit the information. You can always remove, add, change data, visuals, documents from your specific program.
4. Starting your application
That's it! You've successfully created an account on the Growth Garage platform. You can now apply for the Challenge by using the "Apply "button which gives immediate access to the participant application form. Enter all required information but don't share confidential data or documents on the platform as we don't have a confidentiality agreement signed.
Be mindful of the Challenge Judging Criteria and the Rules of Engagement.These are important guidelines indicating what the jury team will use as reference during the selection process.
Click on the submission button once you answered each question. You can at any moment access your submission as long as the Challenge program is open. You can update your information add documents, images, video's in a later stage.
Jury members advice: "As each idea is totally new, it's important to receive accurate information based on the predefined criteria and guidelines to evaluate a submission. Each question should be answered with enough details to provide a good understanding of the project what helps the objective evaluation and ranking.
For whom is this Challenge?
The Challenge is open to any startup, scaleup, innovative company, research team, or project across the globe that fulfills the selection criteria and is interested to create a joint proofpoint based on the expertise and the Specialty Materials portfolio of MCG. By participating, you become part of the community and get the opportunity to create exposure for your business, project and ideas.
Read all details about the Challenge on the judging criteria page.
What are the benefits of being an early-bird entrant?
As an early bird entrant, you will have the opportunity to pitch your idea, technology, service or product directly to our expert jury and get feedback to improve your submission. You can access at any time your submission and update your questionnaire.
I just started my company, Can I participate?
Yes of course!
When selecting the finalist and winner, we do check if you (and your team) have the right expertise and are able execute together with our supporting team. We can support you with a wide range of expertise: design, material selection, prototyping, production, funding, business intelligence, digital marketing, industry expertise, create MVP’s, reflect on business models, etc.
I am a student. Can I submit my idea?
Although this Open Innovation programs are typically more focused on experienced innovators and entrepreneurs at startups, scaleups and innovative companies, we do encourage entries from students, particularly those in postgraduate studies looking to develop their ideas. If your idea aligns with the judging criteria, your application is as valid as any other.
Will I retain the ownership of my Intellectual Property (IP)?
Yes, you remain owner of the intellectual property. Owning the intellectual property of your solution is an advantage or as a minimum having done the check that you are not infringing anybody’s patent. Your work nor its use should infringe the intellectual property rights of any person. MCG Advanced Materials nor its partners will claim any Intellectual property rights over the content that you submit, and your submission does not constitute invention assignment. Mind not to submit any confidential information.
What are the (joint) marketing opportunities?
Winners and finalists receive a marketing package based on the program in which they participated. Are you not a winner or a finalist, but still interested to generate exposure in our community? Please get in touch with us at email@example.com since we are always interested to inspire our community with your great ideas, project and business.
Is it necessary to submit responses in English on the submission form?
Our aim is to accommodate the diverse linguistic backgrounds of our participants, fostering a more inclusive environment. If you feel more comfortable expressing yourself in a language other than the initial English version, please feel free to use your native language while filling out the form.
It's important to note that for the convenience of our international participants, our jury members may utilize Google Translate to review submissions.
I would like to ask an additional question.
Let us know what's on your mind, we will connect with you ASAP. Just keep in mind that if you don't receive an answer in the next minute, it's only because of the timezone difference. In the mean time send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All submissions will be judged according to 3 categories:
- Feasibility (technical and commercial)
- Scalability (manufacturing and team)
The challenge is open to any business, research team or project team currently working on a product or part manufactured from composites that have the ambition to ramp up their production.
You may currently be in prototype or small series production using a low quantity production process and are facing challenges in scaling up your production – this is the opportunity for you. Read all details in the ENTRY PACK.
Join us as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of engineering innovation, where the quest for knowledge and the pursuit of excellence are ongoing, and where the next groundbreaking idea may be just around the corner. Together, we will discover the power of continuous engineering ideation in shaping a brighter and more innovative future for all.
They're a group of excellent professionals who know all the ins and outs of 3D Printing technology. These experts come from different backgrounds but share a passion for making the impossible possible in the world of 3D printing. They're here to evaluate all submissions joining the 3D Printing FGF Engineering Challenge by using their knowledge and experience.