PSS Call Semi-Finalists selected

40 projects enter final screening

OpenMaker PSS call for submission received more than 135 applications from all over Europe. Participants presented incredibly innovative projects born from strong partnerships between Makers and Manufacturers. Digital manufacturing, 3D printing, waste recycle, AI, Robotics, STEM education - these are only few of the fields in which our applicants aim to develop their ideas bring great added value in terms of sustainability and social impact.

The Semi-Finalists

From the UK

  • Small Scale Man Fashion Footwear: Through 3D printing, the project aims to develop a process for designers, artists and makers to realise and iterate footwear prototypes that can be commercialised.
  • 3D Scanners to link CI: Professional and self-contained 3D Scanners that are easy to use and are linked to each other to make projects are collaborative.
  • Aqua Farm: Modular, off-grid, pilot-scale aquaculture centre to produce food locally in urban locations, using disused spaces.
  • Microhome: An affordable live & workspace available in a range of custom-built design prototypes.
  • Physical Innovation Platform:The project aims to create an opportunity for designers, makers and manufacturers to work together on live projects, engage in research and development, and create a blueprint for suture projects and places.
  • FUEd 1.0 Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution: A powerful, responsive and integrated educational tool designed to keep pace with Industry 4.0.
  • Aqua Running: A unique bodysuit that allows anyone of any age, ability or disability to exercise comfortably in deep water with no impact on bones, joints and muscles.
  • Smart Print: A digital smart print database aiming at transforming the consumer into a digital artisan leading to the deconstruction of a mass-market fashion machine.
  • Temporary Custodians Platform: An interactive website that will host an innovative and accessible participatory public database of artworks, representing a new cultural resource for the region.
  • Origami Pulse: Producing a unique range of origami  paper printed with original art work and crystalline forms of happiness producing chemicals.

From Italy

  • Circular Wool: This project seeks to find a commercial outlet for the use of rustic Tuscan wool, which is commonly treated as toxic waste. This would enable the economic recovery of small wool producers and the avoidance of pollution from illegal disposal methods. 
  • Corrugated Board Prosthesis: The project seeks to create and promote the use of temporary and much cheaper prostheses made exclusively of cardboard, and ultimately to make them available in war-affected and emergency areas with poor access to health and medical services. 
  • Digital Crystal Manufacturing: The project seeks to digitise the making of sculpture/crystal artefacts by allowing artisans to reuse molds as well as facilitating the shipping processes of the sculptures. 
  • Forme Cappelli: The project aims to optimise the production and the elaboration processes of the Geraldi firm through the creation of 3D printed, plaster molds. 
  • Free Waste: The projects aims to promote an innovative machine capable of neutralising organic waste in an impressively short time and of transforming it into highly nourishing compost. 
  • How to be a robot trainer: The project seeks to build a small-size and affordable robot able to break into the schooling and education system. 
  • Move ideas not Kilos: Thanks to the development of digital fabrication tools and Computer Numerical Control Machine technology, the project proposes a marketplace where digital designers and craftsmen can meet and collaborate on the development of a commonly profitable project. 
  • Sistema Venezia: The project offers an innovative design solution through the promotion of modular, wooden furniture that can be easily re-arranged and flexibly reused. 
  • Tritino: The project promotes Tritino, an affordable, personal shredder that allows to recycle plastic waste and transform it into new 3D printed material. 
  • Yogaramp: YogaRamp is a flexible solution that seeks to improve the accessibility of shops, public places, museums, offices etc. and remedy existing solutions, whether permanent or removable, that are currently not effective.

From Slovakia

  • Turning textile waste into a resource : The project aims to close the loop in the textile industry by partnering with charity warehouses and turning textile waste into a resource.
  • Automatic farm system for organic vegetable growing: Development of a prototype of autonomous raised  bed, garden hose and solar panel driven by CNC machine - Farmbot and a software application based on the knowledge of ecological agriculture.
  • BIOplastic Material development for intermediate and final products: A pilot project aiming to develop a renewable, biodegradable material that is able to substitute oil based plastics.
  • Urban Greenhouse Prototype: It combines planting, self-irrigation and composting. The goal of the project is to build a functional prototype of the bio-cultivator.
  • Extreme Motors: Integrated motors for solar transport and utilisation of renewable energy and prototype N.1 for solar cars.
  • CLAY NEXT - 21st century ceramics: The goal of the project is to launch a new brand of 3D printed, on demand homeware.
  • TuLiMark: The project aims to keep tourists safe by illuminating marked routes in case of reduced visibility.
  • Consumer electronics for digital identity identification/protection and verification: a title for small personal devices based on verification of identity technology.
  • Biodegradable furniture made of organic composite: The project aims to design develop ecological furniture for mass production.
  • Pure Junk Agile Manufacture: The project focuses on the recycling of wood waste and on the design and production of indoor and outdoor furniture products.

From Spain

  • Green Divisor 3D Clay Wall: Thanks to 3D printing technologies, the project promotes a modular system of 'flower beds' made of baked clay, which allow to efficiently create green domestic or urban spaces. 
  • Robotic inspection of mobile anchoring systems: The project seeks to introduce an open robotic inspection system that can accurately, safely and cheaply  replace divers at risk. 
  • Open kitchen robot: The idea of the project is to promote a versatile, quality modular kitchen robot for professional and domestic use, based on an open hardware and  business model. 
  • Fall Early Notice and Position System: The project allows early warning for disorientation or fall of elders and dependents in general. Warning in any of its devices will be sent to relatives, institutions or associations concerned about their well-being.
  • JETCLAY: The project aims to develop an open source, dry clay extruder for 3d printing, accelerating the innovation in the crossroad between the ceramics sector and digital fabrication. 
  • Voladd Platform: The project seeks to create practical and high quality 3D products through an online space where users can easily create daily-life objects without necessarily being a designer or a 3D printing expert
  • PoliMaker: The project seeks to develop a digital content platform for the adaptation of 3D printing and cartridge to the Polimaker material, which is a new education and toy oriented 3D printing material.
  • Aquapioneers: The project aims to promote sustainable urban farming in households, offices and schools with a process called Aquaponics, an ancient cultivation technique that allows to cultivate on water without soil, making use of the fish excrements as fertiliser.
  • Kairostech:  This project seeks to develop a microclimate generator system, based on existing technology applied in an innovative way, that can control the process of fermentation of beverages in wooden barrels. 
  • 3D SLM Printer: The project aims to design, manufacture and commercialize high quality 3D metal printers using SLM (Selective Laser Melting) technology for the industrial, aeronautical, dental, prosthetic and prototyping sectors.

The Next Steps

OpenMaker Advisory Board will carry out the final screening and finalists will be announced early December.

The Pilot Support Scheme

The 20 winning projects will  receive a commission of €20.000 and will follow a 9 months acceleration process in 4 different hubs. Mentoring, testing, support, prototyping, workshops on branding, legal advice and promotion will be just a few of the foreseen activities. The selected projects will have a key role in engaging our platform users in learning, connecting the marker community - locally and globally!

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