Haven’t heard of the competition? It’s a really interesting idea.
The Bench Pressure Challenge is an exciting annual series of competitions which pairs the bravest of bench jewellers and CAD designers against each other to complete on a live project for prizes and boasting rights. It’s hosted by the Smart Jewelry Show, an American jewelry trade show hosted in
two locations: Chicago, IL in April , and Gaylord, TX in August. <Update: The Smart Jewellery Show is only running Chicago for 2014 onwards unless otherwise announced.>
Each show has its own Bench Pressure Challenge, and there are two sections. The “All Round” section, and the “CAD” section. Each is given a live brief (usually in the form of a video of a client discussing what they want), and then each contestant is given a time limit in which to deliver. Winner takes all!
As we’ve discussed here before, their CAD section is actually quite exciting to watch and participate in. It’s amazing what these guys can do in such a short allotted amount of time. If you’re interested yourself in joining the fun, sign up for next year’s challenge.