Hi Mark Thanks for pointing out my mistakes. I did email you
privately in response and am looking forward to your reply.
I have indeed talked with other ArtCam and JewelSmith users, and
exchanged jewelry images with them. The consensus is that ArtCam is
unable to produce the type of jewelry work I do in Rhino, however, I
do not want to give the impression that I am stating you are wrong.
It just so happens that I create jewelry that is quite complex. I
have been at the bench for 33 years, and working with CAD for the
last 11 years. I have evolved through several different CAD programs
in that time, and the complexity of the jewelry I create has evolved
as well. Certainly ArtCam can do things that Rhino can not do, nor
may ever do. They are entirely different types of programs.
I certainly will not argue that Rhino can be very difficult to learn
for a new CAD user. The first time I tried the beta of Rhino prior to
version 1, I dismissed it as a tool I wanted to learn. Eventually I
did purchase it, and I did not become proficient during the first
year of working an hour or more each day. After approximate 4 years
of using Rhino, it is an indispensable part of my toolset.
As I give jewelry technology workshops at the University level, I am
interested in seeing students and working jewelers able to create
their designs, and I fully support any and everyone's continuing
capacity to use all technologies available to model jewelry. I may be
attending ArtCam and JewelSmith training at ModelMaster headquarters
soon and I have suggested using ArtCam (in conjunction with Rhino) in
the jewelry making curriculum at the University of Iowa. So please do
not misunderstand me, although I teach Rhino, I am interested in the
capabilities of ArtCam as well, and will soon have a deeper
understanding of it. I will gladly produce a comparison and in depth
analysis of the capabilities of each if anyone is interested.