there is no question that those who hire for academic positions in
Metals and Jewelry want to see CAD ability.
You’ll get plenty on this question.
First, Noel, I’ve noticed over the years that you have actively
sought to grow, more than some. That’s a fine thing. CAD can’t do
ANYTHING, but it does a pretty good job with anything that is cast.
It’s a casting process in the end, for the practical time being. You
can either lay down on the tracks in front of the train or you
canget on it, either actively or passively. It is sweeping the
industry, like it or not.
If a person wants to enter the professional side of the jewelry
industry, I’d say these days they need one of three things - extreme
skills at the bench and/or in high-tech workshops, sales and
marketing ability or CAD training, if not all three.
People are going to mention Rhino, which is a fine program. The
go-to programs for CAD jewelrypros are either 3Design or Matrix 3D.
I’ve never heard anything compelling that makes one dramatically
better than the other. They are both in the $20K range to buy.
Either one will take six months to learn and at least a year to get
good at. I wouldn’t pay money for training for anything but one of
those two programs, as they are the future of jewelry CAD at the
3Design lists some educational resources on their site:
I need to move on with my afternoonso I can’t look through the
Gemvision site for that, but I imagine it’s inthere somewhere:
I will add that 3Design is or was from Dassault Systemes, which is
the maker of big time CAD ware for making jet planes and the like -
it comes from good family.