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Think reality TV for jewelers, but with more education and less spectacle — that's the Bench Pressure Challenge. A high-traffic highlight of The SMART Show annually, this contest pits the industry's best names in benchwork against each other in live, head-to-head battles of craftsmanship-under-pressure. This year, the competition is separated into two categories: CAD skills and all-around skills.

2015 Challenge Schedule

CAD I: Saturday, April 18, 10:15am - 12:15pm
CAD 2: Saturday, April 18, 2pm - 4pm
All-Around 1 - Setting: Sunday, April 19, 10:15am - 12:15pm
All-Around 2 - Freestyle: Sunday, April 19, 2pm – 4pm

CAD Challenge

At this year’s CAD Challenge, our challengers will be given two tasks that will test their skills and knowledge of the CAD design process. They will also be challenged to show off their creativity at meeting the design requests. From concept to creation, it will all happen live on the show floor!

Each contestant starts with a blank screen and an audience to watch them make their way through each design challenge in only two hours. Talk about pressure! If you think you have the skills and nerves to be a part of this “Iron Chef” contest, apply today! (Applications will be considered for the 2016 show.)

All-Around Challenge

The Bench Pressure All-Around Challenge pits four masters of the bench against each other in three tests of their abilities. Awards will be presented for each sub-challenge, with an overall winner being picked at the conclusion of the three contests.

These sessions are lively, interactive and a great opportunity for networking … all while showing the world just what you're capable of creating. These four bench professionals will demonstrate their skill in setting and engraving, as well as show their skills in a special freestyle challenge sponsored by Stuller. Have the nerve? Apply today! (Applications will be considered for the 2016 show.)

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