Tommaso Campanella wrote "City of the Sun", which was published in
A nice fantasy novel, I’d put it on the same shelf as Plato’s
Republic, which is an excellent science fiction novel.
CAD is a utopia for goldsmiths. It promises an eternal bliss free
from boring studies and long and tedious exercises to acquire
I would have said that CAD was a way for businesses to compete. CAD
is being promoted by businesses more than the bench jewellers. Today
in Australia, CAD skills are looked upon with favour, by prospective
employers. It’s looked upon as another tool.
CAD promises nothing, and in the wrong hands that’s exactly what it
delivers. Any tool that you use shows the ability of the user. If
the person using the tool is unskilled this will show, and conversely
if they are skilled this will show too.
However even the man on the street is becoming familiar with drawing
applications, these drawings can be printed for good or ill, and
already there are places that have a business creating objects from
The threat to the hand fabricated jeweller is that libraries from
experienced jewellers who also use CAD, are being put together for
sale. Meaning that the man on the street can cut and paste an
original piece of jewellery (more a 3D collage), that takes into
consideration manufacturing requirements.
Anyway I’m going to worry more about it when it happens.
Regards Charles A.
P. S. Still got the four versions of Leonid’s ring for anyone to
play with (as long as Leonid agrees).