FAQ 14 – Upgrading CAD software – Why and when?
20 October, 2023

Today we're talking about an issue which has come up quite frequently in the past couple years-- upgrading your old software. Specifically, why should we, and when and how is the best way to do it?

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Rhino CAD Rendering Comparison Test (Part 1)
20 January, 2021

Introducing my Rhino 3D CAD Rendering Comparison Test! Come and see my first round of comparative test results, as well as the rules for the remaining tests.

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Whatever Happened to ArtCAM Jewelsmith? CarveCo and the Next Generation of Relief Modelling CAD and CNC Tools
6 April, 2020

A year and a half ago, ArtCAM Jewelsmith was discontinued by Autodesk. Find out a bit more about its successor CarveCo, and the other 2.5D relief CAD modelling software packages out there.

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Which is Better? Online Jewellery CAD Training, Video Tutorials, or Offline CAD Courses? (Frequently Asked Questions Part 13)
25 November, 2019

Since I started this blog, I’ve avoided discussing the growing phenomenon of online training because of my own concerns over conflict of interest. With this article, all that changes. I’ve spent 9 years researching all the major types of online and offline training delivery methods. In this article, I'm now sharing and discussing my findings.

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10 Mentoring and Training Schemes To Help Build Your Jewellery Business (Updated)
28 February, 2017

BBC Business News recently aired a segment on How Crafts Workers are Learning to Sell their Work. In the segment, both the mentors and the craftsmen highlighted the importance of learning business skills. I agree, so I offer here a list of various mentorship and support schemes available for new jewellery businesses.

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Frequently Asked Questions 11 – What are Parametric Solid Modelling and Direct Modelling, and How Do They Apply to Jewellery CAD?
6 March, 2015

(This article is one of my series of Frequently Asked Questions posts. See the rest of the FAQ pages.) After a discussion with a colleague a few months

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Frequently Asked Questions 10 – 3D Scanning, Model Conversion, and Jewellery CAD
17 November, 2014

(or “Why can’t we just 3D scan a ring and make copies on a 3D printer?”) Last Updated 14 June 2016. This is a question which seems to

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Frequently Asked Questions 9 – Which are the Most Commonly Used 3D Printers for Jewellery?
14 August, 2014

(3D printers for jewellery list last updated 1 Nov 2019) (This article is one of my series of Frequently Asked Questions posts. See the rest of the FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions 8 – Ideal CAD Computer Specifications for PC or Mac
21 January, 2014

In the latest of our Frequently Asked Questions articles, we discuss common specifications for buying a PC ready for CAD.

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Product Design CAD Software List From Digits2Widgets
9 January, 2014

Our friends from Digits 2 Widgets have produced a handy general product design CAD software list on their website giving their choices for starter CAD software packages

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