What is CAD/CAM?
It stands for computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing. The 3D model is designed using software, such as Rhino 3D or zBrush (CAD) and then exported to a CAM program which controls manufacturing, such as 3D printing or CNC milling. One of the many benefits of this approach is easy scaling of the models and prototypes.
I want to develop a jewelry line. Why is CAD/CAM better than traditional metal smithing?
Only with digital design can you bring your product to market faster, quickly assess the acceptance of the product, make rapid changes to facilitate better sales and/or more efficient production. By investing in digital design, you are investing in your future. Component parts of a design can be used over and over again. Digital design over time will allow you to develop a library of files that can be the basis of your in-house design department. Digital design will not only reduce your model cost but will enable you to increase your sales by delivering products that your customer wants and needs.
I am interested in commissioning a custom piece. How does that work?
All projects are different. Typically, I start the process by discussing the hopes, wishes and budget. 3D design allows flexibility for different metals and jewel stones. Major part of the price is for the manufacturing process. In addition, there’s a small design fee.
What is 3D printing?
3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing by which a digital file is translated into a physical object by a 3D printer. The object is made by building up multiple layers of material. A variety of materials, including metals, can be used for 3D printing, and different 3D printers build objects in different ways. This type of prototyping is an economical and eco-friendly way of producing unique and limited edition products. Some believe that in the future this type of mass customization will replace mass production.
What is PMC?
PMC® (precious Metal Clay), represent a dramatic development in working with precious metals. PMC consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to that of modeling clay. PMC can be worked with fingers and simple tools to create a vast range of forms and surfaces that are unobtainable or laborious using traditional techniques. When it is heated to a high temperature, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse to form solid pure silver or gold that can be sanded, soldered, colored and polished like conventional and commercially refined metals.