Technology & Tools: World Gone CAD

The boom in the custom jewelry segment has led scores of retailers to computer-aided design. But how do you know which program is right for you?As technology that powers everything from mobile phones to manufacturing continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, it should come as no surprise that high-tech tools employed by jewelry designers and retailers are undergoing a similarly rapid evolution. Although CAD (computer-aided design) programs have been a part of the tech-savvy jeweler’s lexicon for decades, advances in technology are making the programs more user-friendly, and lower prices are making CAD systems more accessible to even smaller jewelers who want to expand into custom business.If you’re just taking a seat at the CAD/CAM table, read on to learn about the major players in the industry. If you’re already familiar with these companies, take a look to find out what they’ve

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