Rhino For Jewellery CAD Design and Rapid Prototyping
Originally developed as a response to AutoCAD’s limitations with smooth 3D modelling, Rhino 3D is a general product design NURBS-based CAD tool which has been adopted by many different design specialities such as furniture, footwear, and jewellery. Its product design roots give it a great deal of flexibility, and also make it ideal for designing complex assemblies.
While the core Rhino program is all that is really needed to design models for rapid prototyping, each design speciality has added extensions (or plug-ins) for Rhino to make their jobs easier. Some examples include rendering tools (such as V-Ray or Keyshot), additional methods of working (T-Splines), or some of the older Jewellery plug-ins (such as RhinoGold or RhinoJewel). Generally when I provide Rhino 3D training for jewellers, I teach the software as if students only own Rhino without any plug-ins.
To Learn More About Jewellery CAD/CAM
If any of these tutorials whets your appetite for learning more about how to use Rhino for jewellery CAD design and manufacturing, I can provide you with three options:
For The British Academy of Jewellery I’ve designed several Rhino short courses for beginner and intermediate users, specifically focused on Jewellery Design. They also offer a separate dedicated private tuition for both T-Splines, and V-Ray for Jewellery Rendering. Each of these emphasises key problem solving strategies for turning your ideas into CAD models for 3D printing.
Finally, I have collected a series of tutorial videos below which can both help you get a feeling for what the software is like to use, and also how to perform certain key tasks in the software.
Selected Tutorial Videos – Rhino for Jewellery
Tutorial Videos of My Creation
- Making a Channel Set Eternity Ring
- Using Matrix techniques in Rhino part 1 – Making ring rails and profiles for sweeping, and making gemstones and bezel settings
- Using Matrix techniques in Rhino part 2 – Making gems on surface, gem cutters, and pave prongs
Tutorial Videos From Other Users
There have been several people who have made jewellery CAD tutorials for Rhino over the years, with quality varying all over the shop. The following are a list of the best I have found. In particular, Khay Amani has done a series of very helpful basic Rhino tutorials which are included below:
Basic Rhino Commands and Strategies
- Basics of Rhino’s User Interface
- Basic Commands – Move, Rotate, Copy, and Scale
- Making a Basic Ring With 1 Rail Sweep
- Making a Basic Tapering Ring (Ties in nicely with my Matrix techniques in Rhino part 1 tutorial above)
- Flow Along Curve on a Ring
- Making Gemstones and Gem Cutters with Loft (A nice alternative to using Revolve or Rail Revolve for making Gemstones and Gem Cutters)
- Tulip Setting Part 1 – Making a Basic Tulip Setting with Pipe and Polar Array
- Tulip Setting Part 2 – Adding a Gallery with Trim and Bend
- Tulip Setting Part 3 – Using Boolean Split and Wirecut
Intermediate Rhino Commands and Strategies
- Making a Ring With a Patterned Surface
- One Approach for Making a Simple Bombay Ring
- Making a Collegiate Signet Ring, Part 1
- Making a Collegiate Signet Ring, Part 2
- Making a Collegiate Signet Ring, Part 3
- Editing Surface Control Points with Gumball
There is also a good Vimeo Rhino Tutorials page.