How to Copy Protect Your STL Files

The Makers Muse Youtube channel has recently released a video with some excellent practical advice on how to place copy-protection measures on your .stl files. This is particularly important advice for those who sell their models on online 3D modelling communities. Have a look:


FormLabs Blog Article – Ultimate Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

The technicians at FormLabs have written a first rate article on painting and applying clear-coats to 3D printed models to turn them from prototypes into sellable parts.

FormLabs' Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

Clear-coated beetle designs courtesy FormLabs and Brian Chan

Considering just about every other area of product design makes use of paint jobs for finishing parts, it make sense there are likely CAD jewellery designers out there who would find this technique useful for their work.

FormLabs Blog – The Ultimate Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

A Gallery of Interesting 3D Printing Failures

The BBC News’ technology section has posted a fun little gallery of common 3D printing failures when working with FDM 3D printers, listed alongside what caused them. Many of these are as interesting as the successfully printed pieces.

Common FDM 3D Print Failures - BBC News

Incidentally, the errors shown in this gallery are common enough on home 3D printers to warrant making video tutorials on how to avoid mistakes like these. It’s just all part of the learning process.

Workflows for Jewellery Design in T-Splines and Rhino

I recently was pointed to this video. While it’s as much a T-Splines sales seminar as anything, it walks through some good workflow examples of how to approach organic modelling in T-Splines for jewellery design scales, not to mention showing off some lovely designs.

If you’d like to know more about the video’s speaker Saskia Dattner, she a fine jeweller who produces some impressive work out of Pforzheim Germany using Rhino, KeyShot, and HDR Light Studio.

Short Video Presentation for the CAD and Design Communication Course at Holts Academy

Not too long ago, I participated in a series of video presentations on the courses offered by the Holts Academy of Jewellery. Below you can see the presentation where I speak briefly about the CAD and Design Communication course (now called the CAD Design for Jewellery Production, or DJP diploma. Previously, it was known as the ICCD.)

…and yes, that is a small portion of my T-Splines crossover ring tutorial at the beginning!