3Design CAD (that’s pronounced Three Design) is the only jewellery CAD program that runs on Mac and Linux as well as PC. It offers a very different approach to modelling, involving deforming shapes and combining them with a host of jewellery-specific commands such as pave and shank builders.
3Design is a fully parametric CAD modelling program. That means you don’t store models as geometry, but rather as steps in a process. If you go back and change an earlier step, all later steps will be affected. While most CAD programs now have some limited parametric capability (often called History), the fact 3Design is designed entirely around parametric modelling makes it ideal for any workflow where the designer has to rework the design over and over again, such as size ranges or collections based on the same motif.
Holts Academy offers private tuition courses in 3Design CAD for beginner and intermediate users, focusing on using 3Design’s parametric functionality to help streamline the design and editing process for CAD jewellery design.
Selected Tutorial Videos – 3Design CAD
Tutorial Videos of My Creation
Tutorial Videos From Other Users
To Learn More About Jewellery CAD/CAM
If any of these tutorials whets your appetite for learning more about how to use 3Design for your CAD/CAM jewellery design and manufacturing, take a look at the CAD courses or one-to-one bespoke training offered at Holts Academy of Jewellery.