This subject of cad/cam gets a lot of action and sometimes
arguement. I, like most people interested in cad software, checked
out all the top programs available and landed on Matrix as my choice.
After two years and countless hours I can unequivicably say I made
the right choice…for me. One of the biggest myths about
selecting software is this idea that you can gain some understanding
by testing and looking at different softwares. Most of these
programs are very deep and complicated and simply cannot be
understood with a brief interview. I believe that the most
important question to be asked is “what do I hope to accomplish and
do with the software”. The answere will be very different based on
wether or not you are a manufacturer, retailer, designer, tinkerer,
or all of the above. Some of the programs are great for one of these
or maybe two, but I have found that only matrix can meet the most
variety of needs. Besides the fact that it gets better, stronger,
and simpler, with every update.
You first have to put a finger on your needs and them pic a program
that will meet them. Or…Pick the program that you can afford and
work around any deficiencies. It will take a long time to experiece
all that the program has to offer. I have been a user for 2 1/2 yrs
and I still find new things and way’s of doing things with every new
As to your comment;
Unfortunately, matrix is the most expensive jewelry software
(around $7000) and keeps no track of construction steps! and
believe me it is a very useful function when you have to change the
sizing of a model or other details. I'm sure you see what I mean!
Matrix has 5 rows of 20 job bags for you to keep different stages
and steps as you see fit. It really is not difficult to go back and
I went to the websight you provided for 3 design and watched the
demos. I have never heard of this program or used it so these
comments are based soley on what I found on the sight. This program
did not look very creative in nature. What I mean by that is the
library of shanks and parts seemed to basic, uncreative, and simple.
Many of the tools and functionality are the same as in matrix/rhino.
The renders in the gallery were simply terrible. But that is not a
problem if you have no need for great renders. I would be interested
to hear your thoughts on the program after 6months or a year using,
after you have really learned to put it through its paces.
Cad programs are very expensive tools and it pays to at least
attempt to get an idea of what each is capable of and then see which
applies to your needs. They open up a vast array of possibilities.
Good luck with your chioce.