Swarovski has recently developed a potentially exciting new series of plug-ins to help jewellers add Swarovski crystals (and other gem stones of all sorts) to their designs. One plug-in is for Rhino, the other is for Adobe Illustrator. They call it Ennoble.io:
Based on my trials on the beta release, both plug-ins are still being refined, and have a fair way to go before they are as efficient to use as they could be. But they do show a lot of promise. Once the software is finished, they will both be remarkable tools. Potentially, they could save you a lot of drawing and modelling for producing these shapes if you don’t have any other jewellery-specific plug-ins. If nothing else, it’s quite remarkable to see a new tool that’s both free and independent being made available to the jewellery CAD market.
Here is one example of Ennoble.io in action within Adobe Illustrator. You can watch more about how it works from the other tutorials on Ennoble’s Youtube page.
If you’re keen to try it out, you can download the beta from the ennoble.io website.