Computer Workstation Joins Jeweler’s Workbench

Jewelry design and manufacturing are joining the rest of the manufacturing world by adopting the technology of CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-assisted manufacturing). The technology is especially useful to jewelers who want to build their custom design business. At the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, N.Y., for example, jewelry designer and educator Dominic Ventura is applying other industries' CAD/CAM methods to jewelry design and manufacture. Using a high-end personal computer and design software called Cadkey, Ventura creates an on-screen 3D "wireframe" representation of a design. Then he adds color and texture to the metals and stones using separate rendering software, completing a realistic image that can be printed for display or presentation to a customer. The process is slow, but the software environment allows him to change the proportions and scal

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