Gemvision and Stuller are set to launch the newest version of their retail semi-bespoke 3D design program CounterSketch in January 2016.
Their new version will be called CounterSketch International, and for the first time it will allow users to directly download their CounterSketch models as both .3dm and mesh files for their own manufacturing use with no additional charge.
For those who have not heard much about the CounterSketch tool before, it has been around for a while as a way to let jewellery retailers and salespeople take advantage of CAD-based semi-bespoke design without having to spend loads of time learning CAD modelling and manufacturing. Retail users simply pick components from Stuller’s own generated library and combine and adjust them on screen while the client watches.
Or, to put it in their own words:
“CounterSketch International brings a new level of custom design capability right to your showroom floor, combining award-winning software from Gemvision with flexible manufacturing options. You can now send the design to Stuller for fast and dependable manufacturing or directly export a 3D CAM file and cast it as you wish.
“With 15,000 components to choose from, each with an average of 330 variations plus infinite freehand component arrangement options, this really is the most incredible opportunity for any designer at any level.”
With the new version, CounterSketch users now have a much broader choice when producing their models– they can either use Stuller for production, or they can download the file (compatible with Rhino 3D or Matrix) and use any manufacturer they like to produce and manufacture their models, making the software much more flexible for independent jewellers in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
(Thank you to our friends at GVUK Design for the information on this!)