Like yourself, I wanted make the transition into CAD/CAM.
Working for many years as an in-house bench jeweler in small custom
design stores, I was looking to expand my design “palette”.
I’m now making things with CAD that I would never have been able to
fabricate by hand. I’ll always be a goldsmith, but in terms of
expanding my model making abilities, this has been a godsend.
I’ve found CAD/CAM to be a very exciting approach to jewelry model
making. >From the initial design idea, “carving” the 3D model in
Rhino, to the creation of the actual wax model, it’s an amazing
The learning curve really isn’t too bad. It helps if you have a
little experience with a drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator or
Rhino is suited to the independent growing jeweler because of it’s
relatively low cost and design versatilty. Handcrafted originality
combine with engineering precision to produce a variety of design
motifs including organic shapes and images. Check out the Rhino site
users gallery to get an idea of what is possible.
Bringing 16 years of bench experience, I recently started working
for an excellent rapid-prototyping and design consultation shop here in
Connecticut. I’m fortunate to be able to learn about this technology
on-the-job, but anyone can pick it up if they have the desire and
M2-Systems has two Rhino tutorial CD’s availiable, one of which is
jewelry specific. Contact us for more info, Orchidians receive
Our design team is also planning a course for jewelers which will be
offered in various locations across the country. I’d like to pose a
question to members of the Orchid List. What are your needs are in
terms of CAD/CAM training and jewelry modeling?
We will develop our lessons and tutorials accordingly.