Stuller Matrix and MatrixGold Essentials
Up until August 2019, Matrix 9 was the flagship product of Gemvision (a subsidiary of Stuller). It was a jewellery-specific CAD suite based upon Rhino CAD software’s same core engine, but rebuilt from the ground up to make it as easy and efficient as possible for fine jewellers.
Matrix’s Advantages and Disadvantages
In addition to offering all the advantages of Rhino, Matrix has a whole series of additional builders and special tools for making all the repetitive and painstaking tasks of jewellery design (such as pave and prong settings) fast and easy. Thanks to all these additional tools, Matrix will get you designing for production amazingly quickly.
One disadvantage Matrix has always had has been speed of loading. It’s an awfully big program, and the loading time never lets you forget that.
There’s more to it than just that. Contact me to discuss the advantages of Matrix relative to other jewellery CAD programs, and whether Matrix is the best jewellery CAD software package for you.
MatrixGold Essentials is now Gemvision/Stuller’s latest creation, billed as the successor to both RhinoGold and Matrix. The interface is kind of a streamlined hybrid between RhinoGold and Matrix, introducing several new functions and “parametric” (ie direct 3D modelling) options. Overall, it’s designed to be a “lighter” and faster version of the full Matrix software with most (but not all) of the features of Matrix 9 included.
MatrixGold’s Advantages and Disadvantages
As of this writing, we’re in an interesting transition period here. When Stuller/Gemvision decided to combine Matrix and RhinoGold and rewrite a new program completely from the ground up and call it MatrixGold, it was a risky move to put it mildly. The end result is a much more efficiently loading piece of software than the predecessors, and contains many good user interface improvements on both. It also improves on certain capabilities in key areas. However, as of right now, it’s still early days, and it doesn’t yet quite have all the features that Matrix did.
Once again, there’s more to this discussion than what I’ve written above. Contact me if you wish to further discuss the differences between MatrixGold and Matrix, or the differences between either and other CAD software packages.
To Learn More About Jewellery CAD/CAM
If this whets your appetite for learning more about how to use Matrix for your CAD jewellery design and manufacturing, I can provide you with two options:
- I’ve designed several Matrix short courses for beginner and intermediate users, focusing on Matrix’s builders and key problem solving strategies for turning your ideas into CAD models for 3D printing. Contact me directly to find out more about bespoke private tuition in Matrix to suit your business needs and timetables.
- I have also 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.
If you’re looking for more information on purchasing the software, contact the UK distributor for all Gemvision/Stuller products: GVUK Design.