Hi Akash, You can create very good jewelry designs in Rhino, only it
might take you longer to achieve the same results as you would get in
Matrix. Rhino is the “engine” of Matrix, so it does all the same
things, but the tools aren’t automated.
Michealangelo was said to have been able to see a sculpture in the
stone before he picked up a chisel. There is a certain intutive
sense we have as a craftspeople that’s tied to holding the material in
hand, feeling it’s weight and other physical characteristics. To a
certain extent, we are able to “see” the jewelry in the metal or wax
before it is created. The same intutive process guides us as we
actualize the design.
In learning CAD, it was neccessary for me to learn to conceptualize
a design in a new way. Rhino’s 4 viewports show a visual
representation of the model from top, front, side, and a perspective
view that can be rotated and turned.
I had to learn to visualize and work with three-dimensional
construction lines, curves and objects on the screen from viewport to
viewport, and really understand what I was seeing and doing from all
different angles. It’s as if I had to “hold” the work with my eyes and
mind rather than my hands while creating the design.
I have a pretty simple nature, I’m used to working with hand
tools…I’m convinced I had to create new neural pathways in my brain
to accommodate these new thought processes! There is definitely a
learning curve, but the best way is to actually use the program to
make jewelry. It’s absolutely amazing what you can come up with when
you put a little time into it.
The Rhino newsgroup is a great place to post files of “works in
progress”, ask questions and follow questions and solutions posted by
other users. It’s kind of like Orchid for techno-geeks, but don’t
tell them I said so…lol. You can find it on the Rhino site or:
I have more about Matrix if you are interested. If you
have any specific 3D modeling questions, I’ll try to answer
them…send me an email.