Depending on what type of Jewellery you are making will depend on
We make mainly for other jewellers so we have to have a cater for
more needs than sticking to one style of jewellery.
We currently use three program, Jewelcad, Rhino 4.0 (basic package +
Rhinogold) and Artcam.
Also the manufacturing techniques you use will help you decide what
program to use.
We manufacture with a Rapid prototyping (solidscape T66) machine and
also a milling 5 axis machine. We find this will cater for more
jewellers needs. Giving a great detailed finish with the milling, but
giving a more productive edge with the rapid prototype.
We use each program for its own purpose such as:
Jewelcad, for example is very quick, you can create a ring faster
than any other program i have used, this is a fantastic program to
learn on, the only drawbacks are the rendering is basic (this is not
to say you don’t get a good idea of the piece your making, but its
not as far advanced as programs like “v-ray in rhino”). The other
drawback is the precision is not quite there so if you are looking to
in-place stones for casting i wouldn’t recommend jewelcad. (I hate
saying that because jewelcad is personally my favourite program for
its user friendliness)
Pricewise Jewelcad comes in the middle, you get what you paid for,
a good solid program
Rhino, is a fantastic basis for what a good cad program can achieve
(in any industry, my brother is in animation and he uses rhino to
build his basic models). I have heard Rhino being called “cumbersome"
but that’s only because it caters for a variety of industries. This
can be an advantage if you are modelling jewellery which is very
"different” to traditional jewellery. It takes a little bit longer
but this balances out with its precision. Also if you need good
realistic pictures, V-ray, and Maxwell, are both free to try for
30days and are fantastic renderers. Then Rhino gold we hardly use but
it has a great stone library.
Pricewise, THIS IS A BARGAIN!! One of the best programs available
and its so cheap!
Then we mainly use ArtCam, for the milling machine pieces. It is
great for details such as engraving and recess work, because it can
draw directly on a surface, but it drawbacks are hollow work, or work
with a lot of parts. We normally take work form Jewelcad or Rhino
into Artcam if it needs engraving or needs to be milled.
Pricewise Artcam is way overpriced for what is
Hope this helps sorry to crap on, and i hope i haven’t bored you
into not buying any program now. But this is the edited version ^^.
If you did keep interest the whole way through and you have more
questions you can email me directly if you want.