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3D Printing with Wood Challenge – Evaluation Criteria

How can the attributes of wood best be leveraged in additive manufacturing/3D printing to create larger scale objects such as furniture and buildings?

The Brief

As 3D printing technologies advance, there is a role for the development of new sustainable materials and even new processes suited to these materials. We believe there is opportunity for wood and wood-based chemicals to play a unique role in the future of additive manufacturing. However, we are not authorities in the area of 3D printing, we are experts in the area of wood-based science and technology. With your help, we would like to push this topic further and envision the future of wood and additive manufacturing. 

Currently, plastics, metals and ceramics are the most common materials used for 3D printing. The use of wood and its chemicals components are certainly being explored. For example, there is a wood flour and PLA composite filament on the market for use in thermoplastic 3D printing (LAYWOO-3D). There is also some exploratory work being done with very fine wood dust used in a laser sintering process (

Criteria for Evaluating Concepts

The following criteria will be used by the community and the jury to evaluate the concepts.

  • How comprehensive and clear is the concept submission?
  • How well does the concept solve the challenge?
  • How important is the problem that this concept addresses in the built environment? (sustainability)
  • How innovative is the concept?
  • How well would the concept perform?
  • Aesthetic Appeal (for appearance products)

Criteria for Evaluating Collaboration

A combination of qualitative and quantitative measurements will be used to evaluate participant collaborative efforts and contributions.

  • Quantitative evaluation will be things such as; number of comments, number of posts, number of invites to others to join the site, number of iterations, number of times a participant ‘applauds’ another’s posts
  • Qualitative evaluation will be done by the Challenge managers and be based on the value of comments, posts and ideas


Since this challenge stresses collaboration, the cash prizes are for both participation and best concepts. There is $5000CDN total in cash prizes.

1st Top Collaborator reward $500

2nd Top Collaborator reward $500

Best Concept $2500

Second Best Concept $1500

All winners will receive recognition on this site even after the challenge is over. In addition, winning concepts will be presented to the industry-government bio-products steering committee for consideration for further R&D.