On the first weekend in October, the CAD/CAM crowd will
gather near Chicago at the Schaumburg Marriott for Gemvision’s Design
Symposium. The event, held every two years, provides hundreds of forward-thinking
techno-jewelers from all over the world the opportunity to network and sample a
broad selection of classes focusing on such topics as design tools, jewelry
rendering animation, and even social media marketing. If you have your ear to
the ground when it comes to jewelry technology, this is the event of the fall.
Thanks to a sneak preview from Gemvision, JCK learned that a new strategic
software addition for Matrix users will be announced at the event. The cutting-edge
program—developed by T-Splines of Provo, Utah—provides Matrix users with yet
another powerful toy for their toolbox. It allows users to push, pull, and make
small organic tweaks to designs without having to deconstruct their work to
make changes. With the inclusion of T-Splines software as part of its core
technology, Gemvision president Jeff High sees “a unique modeling concept that
will allow designers to take a more meandering path to blend organic shapes
like scrolls, wire filigree, and animals.”
Gemvision programmers are hard at work creating the jewelry-specific
user interface for Matrix 7.0, due out in early 2011. Travis Serio, one of the
lead developers for Gemvision, demonstrates here for JCK the soft organic
features that he obtained by using T-Splines to create the iconic faces of comedy
and tragedy; he simply pushed and pulled the surfaces from a 2-D image.
Photo credit: Comedy Tragedy by Travis Serio
Attendees also have the opportunity to see the latest
improvements in CounterSketch Studio, the innovative custom-design technology
Gemvision operates in partnership with Stuller. But the most inspiring time
spent at the Gemvision Symposium is undoubtedly spent judging the design contest.
Imagine several hundred jewelry designers with a total lack of constraints on
their imaginations. Each artist is juried by the Gemvision team. While the
competition is fierce for the Best of Show grand prize awarded by the attendee
voters, everyone wins learning new ideas, tricks, and tips.
Photo Credit: Justin Thorpe,
E-Lance Jewelers, 2008 Best of Show Winner