CAD is the first step in 3D printing. What are the types of 3D printing? A nice explanation made by Gary Dawson
CAD/CAM gives the professional jeweler another "tool" to create quality jewelry with.
CAD/CAM is two different tools that are used together to make an object from an idea. CAD (Computer Aided Design) is a computer program that jewelers uses to design jewelry. CAM (Computer Aided Machining) is a program that converts the CAD drawing into special instructions. A CNC machine or a 3D printer reads the CAM instructions to make the object.
Most larger companies use there own CNC machine or 3D printers. Many smaller shops and independent jewelers simply outsource the CAM portion. There are many companies that will print or machine for a small fee.
Rhino 3D, the most widely used CAD program in the jewelry industry. Many other industries use Rhino 3D to make everything from shoes to skyscrapers.
Portland Jewelry Academy offers Rhino instruction in small on line classes. Focused instruction for the jewelry trade. With classes once a week with many follow up tutorials and assignments in between classes. Each class is recorded and students can re-watch anytime between classes.
Expert instruction by Gary Dawson takes what can be a complicated program to learn and makes it intuitive, creative, and fun.
Gary Dawson is owner of Gary Dawson Designs, an online custom design operation that was once featured as a “Best of the Best” by Instore Magazine, as well as Dawson Distributions, a supplier of CAD/CAM solutions for jewelers. Dawson has nearly 40 years’ experience in creating designs that capture the personalities and stories of his customers, and he is a frequent contributor to MJSA Journal. He has also delivered seminars and presentations at numerous events, including AGTA GemFair, Portland Jewelry Symposium, and the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology.
Each online class is recorded and uploaded
To help insure complete understanding. Students may revue lessons as many times as they need.