After making jewellery for the past 40 years totally by hand I have started to learn computer aided design.
My son Rory came home from school and said
“Dad can we get a 3D printer?”
To which I replied:“Yes, but we would need to be able to design objects in a 3D drawing program to then send those files to the 3D printer to build”.
After thinking about this for a couple of weeks I thought if Rory is interested in making things then I should learn CAD to be able to help him in the future”.
So, I have bought the industry standard software Rhinoceros 6 which is a general 3D drawing package used by many different industries such as architecture, shoe design, marine design, jewellery, dentistry etc.
All these industries have specialist plug in software that sits within the Rhino 6 platform and have specialist tools designed for their specific manufacture procedures.
I use RhinoGold 6.6 which incorporates many specialist tools for manufacturing specific types of rings and settings for gem stones. This image is one of the latest design I have been working on, a 9ct Yellow Gold Sapphire and Diamond Eternity Ring.