Modern-day design has taken a departure from conventional and tedious manual jewelry manufacturing methods using hand based tools for jewelry making. CAD jewelry has taken the whole manufacturing system by storm. Businesses have a strong urge to invest in their capabilities by having robust in-house design departments and also by employing individuals who are enthusiastic about this as a hobby and want to become professionals or freelancers.
The rapid increase in demand for CAD jewelry has increased competition, and brands have realised that they must differentiate themselves not just with new ways of marketing but also by adopting CAD jewelry design. Computer Aided Design or CAD has existed since the 1960s, and commercial use began in several industries such as automotive, aerospace, and architecture. In the early 1990s, as computers became cheaper, the technology transformed from desirable to accessible, and CAD jewelry became the talk of the town. A CAD jewelry designer is the equivalent of the twentieth-century artisan with sculpting tools, welding and soldering equipment, and chemicals. This throwback makes us realise that technology cannot replace skills.
CAD jewelry design creates streamlined systems that help reduce the time it takes for actual products to reach markets. All this is supplemented by enhanced design quality, automated manufacturing, and operational efficiency. CAD jewelry allows three-dimensional designs to be made on computers that can be evaluated as if holding a replica or model in your hand. You can check it from any angle, make corrections to it, and get exact calculations like dimensions, weight, etc. CAD jewelry design is followed by making wax pieces that are 3D printed with the help of Computer Aided Manufacturing. Many places create CAD files and send them over to CAM service providers who fabricate the duplicate models for them. This process is called the “lost wax method”. The technology has evolved so much that it is now possible to directly 3D print jewelry from precious metals, thereby skipping the use of molds.
CAD jewelry design has become relevant and future-proof thanks to pandemic-induced buying habits and changes in trends. Online sales have skyrocketed with the help of rendering, and as a result, rendering has become popular among design houses. Plugins and additional tools can help 3D jewelry design to be enhanced so that it can be converted to real-life images of jewelry items that, in some cases, are more elegant than what the real product looks like. This has allowed jewellers to sell online in the millions by attracting customers with renderings of fabulous, better-than-life jewelry displays, augmented reality, and impressive portfolios.
Since we are discussing emerging, next-generation manufacturing, CAD jewelry will be a commonplace, as evidenced by the number of programs that are flooding the market. For example, Rhino CAD has been an ongoing choice for jewelers. It’s dedicated software for jewelry design is called RhinoGold or Rhino 7, which has been meeting the demands of suppliers and manufacturers with all sorts of advanced plugin integrations, detailed tool sets, fast processing, and efficient layouts for designers to cater to designs for mass production and intricate customizations. This software has built-in components to accommodate further designing of major jewelry items like rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, etc. or start from the ground up without using these “shortcuts.”
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