Perhaps you should teach the Jewelry Revolution. It is a fact that
the jewelry industry is embracing CAD/CAM. If a company produces 3
models per day, the system with the designer and an operator will be
paid for in 6 months. And even better, a savings of $100,000 US in
What you should be teaching is a better way of life for your
students. People don’t go to college to earn less. Today CAD
designers make a lot of money and they are very much in demand.
I suggested one time before to contact Fred Betlach, a jeweler in
Minneapolis. He does extremely well doing custom jewelry utilizing a
Sanders ModelMaker, a Laser system, a casting machine and Jewelcad.
Also there is a software product called Freeform that will allow
anyone to carve anything on the computer. No learning curve required.
Extremely useful for sculpturing. Just imagine making a mistake,
undo it and do it over again.
Here’s a quote from someone who utilizes Jewelcad and the ModelMaker.
Perhaps reading this you’ll get a sense that he or she designs by
hand. “In each piece, I have tried to create a sense of relaxation
and contentment: the feeling that one gets after working hard; the
sensation of a soft, mild breeze caressing one’s cheek; the faint
sound of falling leaves; or the sparkle of reflections of the sun on
water. My goal is to capture these moments in my work, achieving a
universal poetry that I can share with my audience. Each is really a
universe, a thought, a moment.”
Education is required for the jewelry industry, but I think you
should do it some justice and teach them how to design using Jewelcad
or whatever CAD package you choose. I’m certain if you put together
something for your staff so that enrollment would increase, your class
I don’t quite understand how the jewelry industry managed to stay
away from computer generated art. The industry has to change or you
will not be able to compete.
You need to teach them.