Hello, I use Delcams Jewel smith. I also use modelmaster mills. I
know this program and mill are expensive but they are really great
and I think worth every penny. You can get very very good results
surface wise and create thing that are beyond your imagination. You
can do so many things that your creativity wil get ahead of you!!
You will have to put in time because with cad, there is a learning
curve no doubt. You really have to practice, practice practice.
I think this idea that you can make something saleable after a week
of training is laughable. [At least for me it was]. Yes, you can make
things but you probably won't want to sell them or be that happy with
them at first.
Really, you have to mill your work and look at it over to see what
you want to change. You will want to make small changes and then
viola! You will have a great interesting piece which no one else can
In terms of financing, you can lease these, [I think that a lease
runs about $550 a month]. The labor charge for one custom ring a
month should cover that, and you can make 6 rings a day if you want!
Like I said, be prepared to put in some hours. You have to get
training, don't scrimp on this it won't do you any good in the long
I would think that within 2 to 3 weeks of milling you will have
things you really proud of.
Good luck Dennis