CAD for Jewelers

Course Description

About this course

Explore new possibilities in your jewelry making process with Computer Aided Design (CAD)! In this 5-day course, students will learn the fundamentals of designing objects using CAD and 3D modeling. This type of digital modeling enables makers to take advantage of many useful and exciting technological applications, including 3D printing and laser cutting. Find out how limitless your imagination can be when designing in the digital realm. 

Joe Wood will provide participants with step-by-step instructions and tutorials that will get them making rings, bracelets, chain links and other jewelry forms. Using Rhino 3D software, students will learn how to design jewelry-scale objects that can later be used for rendering, 3D printing, CNC milling, laser etching or laser cutting. The class will discuss various possibilities for prototyping and production that jewelers can explore using these modern skills. 

No experience is necessary but a good working knowledge of computers is needed; participants should be familiar with navigating, saving and retrieving files on their computer.

Please note: A Mac or PC laptop that has at least 2 GB of space and a 3-button mouse (that's left, right and a scroll wheel in the middle) is required. Rhino software is free to evaluate for 90 days - please download and test the software a week prior to the class, to trouble shoot possible download issues or pre-existing computer errors. It is recommended that interested students look at the system requirements for this software before signing up for this course. You can find that information at www.rhino3d.com/system_requirements

Meet the Instructor

Joe Wood

Currently Professor Emeritus teaching part-time at MassArt in Fine Arts 3D, Jewelry & Metals at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. Joe has been teaching jewelry, metalsmithing, computer techniques for object-makers and other classes at since 1985.

Notable symposia and conference events include Questions of Context, Legacies, The Ring, ContacT,Connections and Parallax.

Lectures and workshops have been at The Royal College of Art in London, Silpakorn University in Bangkok Thailand, Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, Seattle Metals Guild and other places.

Exhibitions of work include Schmuck 2001, Munich Germany, Signals: Late 20th Century American Jewelry, Cranbrook Museum of Art.

Work is in the public collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine WI and the Daphne Farago Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA.

Widely published in catalogs, books and magazine articles.

Materials & Tools 

There is no materials fee for this course.

Rhino software is FREE to evaluate for 90 days - please download and test the software a week prior to the class, to trouble shoot possible download errors or pre-existing computer errors. 

Students must furnish their own Mac or PC laptop computers and download the appropriate software to participate. A laptop that has at least 2 GB of space and a 3-button mouse (that's left, right and a scroll wheel in the middle) is required.

  • A Mac Laptop should have a MacOS (operating system) that is Mojave or later, with at least 8 GB memory (RAM) and 2 GB disk space.
  • A Windows laptop should have Windows 7, at least 8 GB memory (RAM), and 600 MB disk space.

It is recommended that interested students look at the system requirements for this software before signing up for this course. You can find that information here: https://www.rhino3d.com/system_requirements/

 

Students should bring 

A Mac or PC laptop that has at least 2 GB of space and a 3-button mouse (that's left, right and a scroll wheel in the middle) is required. 

Students must download Rhino CAD software to their computers prior to class. A FREE 90 day trial of the full Mac and PC versions of this software is available here: https://www.rhino3d.com/download

  • Choose the version for your operating system.  If you are offered an option, you will want a stand-alone version, not one with a “zoo” license.  At the end of the 90 day evaluation period you will have to purchase and enter a license number to use Rhino. 

Tuition

$700.00 $665.00
5% discount until July 13

Instructor

Joe Wood

Dates

August 12 -16, 2020

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

5 days

Level 
Beginner
Location 
Metalwerx
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