Reply to: RE>Jewelry Design on Computer
I've begun researching this topic recently and am just in the early stages of
finding the trails of
The first place to start is right here at ganoskin online. Go to the "Tips
from the Jeweler's Bench" and search on the word "computer". This should
pull up about 3 articles. The article "Some thoughts on computer use in the
Metals/jewelry Field" is an execellent overview of Computer Aided Design
(CAD) / Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and its foray and future in the
world of jewelry design.
Secondly are to contact Jewelers Circular Keystone and request reprints of
their articles on computers and jewelry. Much of this covers business
management software, but there are a few notes on CAD/CAM.
Additionaly, National Jewelry has some articles, but I have been unable to get
a response from them for reprints. I'll try again now that I think about it.
I think they have an on-line location where I might be able to get the
Third, begin to search the internet (my favorite engine is www.hotbot.com) for
the phrase "stereo lithography". This engine allows you to add modifications
to the search so I also restrict the search to hits that have the word
"jewelry" in them. You can also use the word "investment". What you will
find here is on CAD/CAM and stereo lithography to provide some
background on what the technology is.
I am now looking for companies that produce 3D CAD software and stereo
lithography machining aimed at the jewelry industry.
I suspect what is out there today are basic 3D CAD connected to stereo
lithography machines that are producing images in investment wax with little
specific for the jewelry design industry.
I have owned a CAD/CAM lathe that used a 2D software package on the PC and
interface boards to control the X and Z movement of the lathe. The biggest
challenge to working these systems is the expertise required to understand how
the software works in conjunction with the hardware. Specifically you will
learn that there are certain ways in which you design the part that will
affect how well or efficiently it gets made. This was very true of the
lathe and I suspect it is very true of a stereo lithography setup.
Let's keep the data flowing.