“CrossGems for Rhino – Jewellery CAD Training for Beginners“ is conducted in a classroom environment (4-8 people) via a data-projector. Training is 7-hours per day (14-hours total). This is the best option for beginners as we cover most functions including some of the more advanced commands, and we work through tutorials and exercises.
Our training classes are designed to reduce the learning curve, and enable jewellers to use CrossGems software to quickly design in 3D, & create pieces which can be cast in precious metals such as gold or platinum. Attendees should be comfortable in the MS-Windows Environment. Any previous experience in 2D or 3D CAD is helpful, but not necessary as this class is tailored for beginners.
If your have ever used Rhino, you know how difficult it is to create basic jewellery elements – even simple things like: ring bands, open ring shanks, bezels, prongs, head settings, etc.
Why is that? It’s because Rhino is CAD for many industries – architecture, industrial design, interior design, boat building, shoe design, jewellery, & many other industries.Now if you are building boats, you don’t really need tools to be able to design jewellery, and this is the problem. Many jewellers who have decided to get into CAD, are frustrated with the lack of tools available in Rhino 6 to be able to easily design jewellery like solitaire rings, 3-stone rings, eternity rings, halo rings and the like.
This is the reason why there are several jewellery specific plugin’s for Rhino – Products like MatrixGold are expensive (approx. US$7,900) for small jewellery studios, students, & sole traders. CrossGems is less than half the price, and had many unique builders and tools to speed up your workflow.
Do I have to buy any Software?
No. You can attend our training without purchasing any software. You can install a 30-Day trial version of CrossGems software. It is a full functioning version that you can use for the training, and then you have a few months to use and practice in your own time. If you already have Rhino 6, that’s great, if not, you can download a 90-day trial from the link below:
You will also need to install the 30-day trial of CrossGems software which you can do so from HERE.
Do I need a computer?
Yes. You will require your own laptop running Windows 10, and an nVidia graphics card is recommended but not mandatory. Attendees should be comfortable in the Microsoft Windows Environment. Students with Apple notebooks will require Windows installed via Boot Camp. If you do not have a laptop, we can supply one at $55 per day but we do have limited numbers.
How much does the course cost?
COST: $790 inc.gst (min 4 / max 8 people)
So what exactly will I learn over the 2-days training?
We will walk through making at least 12 designs over the 2-day as well as covering many tools and tips.
- What is Panther?
- Introduction to the Panther Interface
- Basic commands in Panther – my first model
- Ring Builder Tutorial – 3 x basic wedders
- Bezel set ring
- Head (Claw) Builder
- Eternity ring
- Channel set ring
- Hoop Earrings with stones
- STL Tools (for creating 3D prints of your jewellery)
- Signet Ring with initials
- Text on a ring
- Prong Builder
- Dynamic Polar Array
- Halo Ring
- Double Halo Ring
- Cross-Over Ring with channel set stones
- 3-Stone ring (trinity Ring)
- By-Pass Ring
- Rendering your designs in 3D
- Calculating metal weights
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About your Trainer
Rik Juod has been teaching Rhino 3D CAD software to jewellery students since 2004. Over that period he has trained hundreds of students; from teenagers through to bench jewellers in their 60’s. He is also a jewellery designer, and partner at smug designs, a contemporary jewellery design firm based in Sydney, Australia.