Planning for a 3D future

Christmas is a busy time for us with tens of orders, post office rush and christmas party planning. Ah, what a wonderful time!

For some unknown reason this is also a time when the best ideas comes to us. New designs, new offers and new ways of making a world a little bit happier and sparkier. And the best way to do it is to create even more amazing products 🙂

To do so we started experimenting with a new way of designing our jewellery using computers and CAD programs. I have reviewed many available Jewellery CAD solutions and selected RhinoGold from TDM Solutions for our internal trial. It’s not cheap, but those guys know what they are doing. The application contains vast database of stone models – great time saver!

First day of trials gave us some important information:

  • CAD software will not replace a jeweller. This is just a different medium, but the classic concepts and the taste are still valid. The computer will not make something good looking – a designer will.
  • I was able to design a necklace in about two hours. Not exactly what I had in mind, but close enough. I’ll add a picture later.

Next steps will be to improve our computer skills and investigate a 3d printer. 2014 will be an exciting year!