Winners of Baselworld Design Competition

Basel: Jewellery-focused 3D wax printing specialist Solidscape has announced the winners of the fourth annual Baselworld Design Competition.

Capturing the Platinum Award for jewellery the third year in a row is the OG-Art Studio team from Bialystok, Poland.

The brand produced a spectacular Dragon Pendant design that features complex geometry and incredible detail requiring the highest precision in 3D printing and casting excellence.

The Gold Award for jewellery went to a Chrysanthemum-inspired brooch by Hiroaki Watanabe of Japan. The variety and sizes of Chrysanthemums symbolically represents a long and peaceful life. The delicate flower petals ironically demand the most extreme precision in 3D printing.

Tied for the Silver Award for jewellery was the exquisite Firebird Pendant by Sri Lanka’s W.A Chamal S Jayaratna and the whimsical Mermaid ring from the House of Wittelsbach in the US.

A new category for 2015 was the ‘Fine Art’ award. These unique entrants represent free form expression of non-jewellery designs executed in a manner similar to jewellery. They require mastery of CAD design and Solidscape’s industry-leading high precision 3D printers to create flawlessly castable pieces.

The Platinum Award for fine art was awarded to the intricately-detailed Violin figurine from German Oliver Borgardts of Higher Lyrics Art. His dancing violinist hits the high notes in detailed design, capturing the best of human expression.

The Gold Award for fine art was presented for the ‘Cassoulet with Phoenix’ design by Hiroaki Watanabe of Japan. His incense box is designed to create a peaceful atmosphere with comfortable scents while the phoenix is a symbol of everlasting peace and long life. The Silver Award for fine art went to the finely-detailed Ballerina figurine from Meenakshi Rawa of India.

Design entries were judged based on successful wax modeling printed by a Solidscape 3D printer, best design (artistry and style), as well as best use of technology (CAD/Solidscape 3D printing).

All the finalists’ pieces can be found in the design excellence centerpiece at Solidscape’s Baselworld exhibit in Hall 4.

Every year Solidscape provides designers the opportunity to receive international recognition for their work through this competition.

“Solidscape is proud to showcase the most creative and innovative jewellery designs that embrace cutting edge 3D printing technology,” said Fabio Esposito, president of Solidscape.

“Designers now have the ability to create complex geometries impossible through traditional hand carving techniques. These designers are thrilled because Solidscape’s precision 3D printing technology allows them to unleash their imagination and push the boundaries of creative design”.