I think as CAD CAM and 3D printers become less costly, easier to
operate, there will be more using them and the costs to have work
done will be less.
Right now the prices I am quoted to have something CAD’ed is
Another $50-100 to have it CAM’d and grown. Lately I have had offers
of free CAD CAM as long as I use them for casting and finishing the
Or for $15 one can email over the images, specs, description and
detail and the file will be emailed back for you to have grown. Yes,
done in China.
For $15 who would not try? Image references available on their site.
(eBay) A customer sent me the link after I had told them what it
would cost to have their design CAD CAM and cast. They want to send
me the file to have it grown here and cast.
Our local high school grew an adjustable wrench that worked out of
the printer after being grown. Firearms have been grown and operated
right out of the printer (ATF is aware). How long before they start
feeding images of jewelry and grow their own settings and designs?
That is only high school, how about community college, trade school
and university levels?
Eight years ago India and China started feeding every known image of
jewelry into their databases to make anything at a moment’s notice.
So is it important to teach in our schools? Probably as important as
it was to start teaching kids about computers fifteen years ago. I
foresee high school kids working from home designing CAD files for us
on the cheap. Just like they did with creating web pages.