Among other industries that have seen a rapid change due to the implementation of additive manufacturing, jewelry designers are able to create entirely different forms that even up until a few years ago, were too costly to implement into a day-to-day workflow. Between the combination of generative modeling software and various methods of small-scale 3D printing and mold-making, the possibilities for jewelry design these days are seemingly endless.

To celebrate the merging of age-old craft with modern day technology, Design Museum Boston has teamed up with Solidscape and Luxion KeyShot to offer the Rapid Jewelry 3D printed jewelry design competition that will send the winning design on a national traveling exhibition and cash money, among other prizes.

Submissions will be judged based on uniqueness of design, wearability, fashion innovation, visual presence and of course, the creative use of working within the constraints of CAD and 3D printing to stretch what is possible. The judges (13 in total) come from all corners of the design, CAD and 3D printing industry including Joshua Harker (of Crania Anatomica Filigre fame), Sam Aquillano (Executive Director of Design Museum Boston), Fabio Esposito (President and CEO of Solidscape) and Jessica Rosenkrantz (Co-founder of Nervous System).


“This is technology-driven fashion! Help us highlight 3D printing as a new approach for designing visually stimulating statement pieces. Show the world your design by creating wearable art that is equal parts technology and fashion. We’re looking for the best uses of 3D printing for jewelry design — not another string of pearls — designs that make the best use of 3D printing technology.”



  • Call for Entries opens: February 9, 2015
  • Entries due by: April 3, 2015 @ 11:59pmPT
  • Winners Announced: May 23, 2015
  • Join us for a special fashion show featuring the finalists and winners of Rapid Jewelry on May 23, 2015 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel Imperial Ballroom.


  • 3 winning entries receive cash prizes: 1st prize, $2,000; 2nd prize, $1000; 3rd prize, $500
  • All entries featured in an online gallery
  • Finalist 3D printed and featured in a nationally-traveling fashion show, exhibition, and retail experience — in retail finalist will receive royalties on the sale of their pieces.

For a full-rundown, be sure to check out the official competition guide and register (which includes a 60-day trial of KeyShot) over at Design Museum Boston.