Gathering in Schaumburg Illinois last weekend were more than 300 of the most innovative jewelers in our industry. The participants of the three day educational symposium invested in CAD/CAM to define the business models of the future, with a focus on custom jewelry design.
Gemvision continued this year to lead in the development and innovation of CAD/CAM technology with release of Matrix 6.0 design software and the revolutionary Revo Model C wax milling system.
At the opening session Gemvision president, Jeff High outlined new “bonus” features available here at the Symposium and followed with a candid survey of the attendees soliciting the needs and priorities of the users of Matrix software. Bill Gates could take a lesson here from the example in measuring and acting on the needs of his clients.
With opening remarks out the way, we broke up into classes and roundtable discussions on technology, tools, and tricks of the trade. For my own part, I enrolled in a class on Customizing Matrix Software which was also applicable to Rhinoceros users. What I learned mostly was that there is always something to learn …. for both the newbie and the so called expert like me. There are so many ways to use utilize these tools and sharing of trade secrets here was commonplace.
The CAD/.CAM paradigm differs greatly from the traditional jewelry design process. The legacy method of handmade design is a solitary experience. Inspiration and creation are kept secret in great part to prevent imitation. Today, CAD/CAM in general and Gemvision in particular foster collaboration in the creative design process. At this event I watched some of the biggest names in fine jewelry right alongside the small bench jeweler, both sharing their tips and tricks over the lunch table. If there is hope for the shrinking US jewelry industry in this next decade, it was seen here today thanks to Gemvision
Over the years I have attended many professional conferences both technical and business. It was obvious that a great deal of time and effort went into the planning stages of this event to expand the experience. Sponsors including Stuller, the American Gem Society, and several precious metal casters rounded out the mix of education and support for the techno-jewelers
Later this week, I will be able to share the winners of the Matrix Design Contest. This year in particular was remarkable with new renderings from V-ray. Also news on the first EnvisionTec User Group Meeting… Be sure to check back for the update on Wednesday…..
Photos Courtesy Phil High