You can import an Adobe Illustrator (graphic software) file into
Rhino 3-D software. Then you can use the Adobe image it to create a 3
dimensional design in Rhino. You could also just scan your 2-D
free-hand drawing and paste that as a bitmap into a Rhino grid and
create a 3-D design from that.
The Rhino file can then be sent via email to a rapid prototyping
service. A rapid prototyping service will need to take your Rhino
file and import it into another software to either mill the design
through a reduction process by a CnC mill or to built up the design
through deposition modeler such as the Solidscape’s Patternmaster.
Check with your local University or Community college for classes in
3-D design or Rapid prototyping, they are often offered through
Industrial Design Departments or through continuing education
programs. The teachers at the programs should also be able to hook
you up with local service providers. You can also check on the web for
computer aided design / computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
jewelry services. Hope this helps.
Associate Editor / Art Jewelry magazine
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