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:
2D work presentation and;
digital CAD file of the work in an error free STL file format.