Colored Stones: AGTA’s On-Site CAD/CAM Studio & More

Design on the RunThe American Gem Trade Association added something brilliant to this year’s Tucson GemFair: an on-site CAD/CAM studio on the show floor to enable shoppers to design jewelry with their loose stones before they headed home.Six designers were on hand to make models—some even printing waxes—for merchants, all in an effort to help turn merchandise faster.Once Mark Mann heard of the plans, he asked to participate. The director of global jewelry manufacturing arts for GIA set up an adjacent booth to answer questions about CAD technology. Some of the scenarios he encountered during the show included independent retailers doing designs in Adobe Illustrator—not hand rendering—but lacking enough knowledge to move into CAD design. “We reviewed software and machine costs, talked about the benefits of mixing CAD skills with hand detailing, and were asked if GIA was contemp

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