Design for Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing.

We warmly welcome ALPHA LASER GmbH, this year as Special Patrons to the GC&DC in sponsoring this section, and we are delighted to re-introduce this important aspect of technology back into the competition. 

3D Printing (selective laser melting SLM) is one of the relatively new additive and developing manufacturing techniques. During the SLM process, a 3D product is formed by selectively melting successive layers of precious metal powder by the interaction of a laser beam.

This category aims to encourage, showcase, and celebrate any creative work that has been designed and crafted using computer programmes, and taking advantage of the design possibilities specifically offered from 3D metal printing. Your proposal should demonstrate that it is the best, and probably the only way to produce your design by through this 3D printing process.

This year designers are invited to design any item jewellery, smallwork or small-scale Objet d’Art, using a theme of topic of individual interest. The emphasis needs to be on a small scale because the winning designs have the potential to be printed in silver by ALPHA LASER (see below).  Designs need to be specifically suitable and geared to be produced by Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing, 

Design entries are to be submitted as:

  1. 2D work presentation and;

  2. digital CAD file of the work in an error free STL file format. 


Judges will be looking for: 

  • Design creativity and appropriateness for 3D Printing 

  • Designs utilising and exploiting SLM technology   

  • Competence in CAD 

  • Visual communication and presentation skills  

ALPHA LASER Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing - Resources

Potential opportunity

Subject to ALPHA LASER approval, the top winning entries will be produced for the designers in silver by ALPHA LASER free of charge and may be used to promote the technology with full accreditation to the designer. Additionally, there will be the potential of visiting ALPHA LASER in Puchheim, Germany.

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

Entries must comply with the 2D design guidelines;

  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded;
  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications (gemstones and finished metal weight) must be provided on the design board.
  • Entrants are requested to declare on the entry form if they have had their design rendered by a CAD technician or a digital artist.

Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to make your piece i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. (Max 50 words)


  • Designs are to be presented on one side only and mounted on card, foam board or equivalent backing board. 
  • Paper only entries are not acceptable. 
  • For all entries: x1 design board per entry.

Maximum presentation dimensions

x1 A3 (297 x 420 mm)


  • Do not put your name or identity/logos on the front of the design to ensure anonymity;
  • Please ensure your name is on the reverse of your design board;
  • Entries that don’t conform to the above requirements may be disqualified.

14 Jan

Deadline for all entry forms (midnight) - CLOSED FOR ENTRIED

16 - 18 Jan

Entry submission days @ the Goldsmiths' Centre, Farringdon. 

04 Mar

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall

5 - 8 Mar

Awards Exhibition @ The Goldsmiths' Hall

13-14 Mar

Entry return & post back days


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