Gemvision distributor adds 3D printing to line up

Matrix CAD software will still form the backbone of GVUK Design's business in the UK.

GVUK Design asserts its independence with EnvisionTEC agreement.

Computer-aided design and manufacturing specialist Gemvision has passed control of its UK subsidiary to its business owner Graham Dicks.

The move has led to the creation of a new company, GVUK Design Limited, which will remain the UK’s sole authorised distributor for Gemvision products including CounterSketch Studio and Matrix CAD solutions, and the Revo540 CX milling system.

GVUK Design is now free to offer additional CAD and CAM products, and has already moved into 3D jewellery printing solution by becoming the UK distributor for EnvisionTEC, an early leader in the emerging field.

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“Gemvision has 42 authorised partners globally, but Gemvision UK was the only wholly-owned subsidiary,” Dicks told Professional Jeweller. “We faced a choice of expanding the range of Gemvision solutions we sold in the UK, some of which are not even appropriate for this market, or to cut ourselves loose and become an independent distributor that can take on a range of solutions from other suppliers. Gemvision agreed with me that the independent route was the best for both of us,” he added.

Gemvision’s Matrix CAD software, which is typically used by goldsmiths and jewellery brands like Pandora, Tiffany and Graff to design complete jewellery collections, is expected to remain GVUK Design’s best-seller; along with CounterSketch Studio, which allows independent and on-line jewellers to work directly with customers to customise unique pieces on screen.

Once the design process is completed using the CAD software, GVUK Design can now offer two solutions for the next step in the manufacturing process. Gemvision’s Revo540CX milling machine will take jewellery designs all the way from the screen to a precision wax model ready for casting. Alternatively, EnvisionTEC’s Aureus and new Micro 3D printer can create prototypes in castable resin or ceramic for drect casting or masters.

“For jewellery designers, there are huge advantages to using 3D printing and milling in-house. Designers don’t have to send CAD files to outside companies, where they might be at risk of being copied. Plus, they can quickly create samples of each design, which allows them to make adjustments straight away. Designers love this ability to touch and feel their products immediately after they create them on the screen,” Dicks suggests.

GVUK Design is putting the finishing touches to its new corporate identity and web site, which are expected to be unveiled within the next two weeks. The web site address will be www.gvukdesign.co.uk. The new e-mail address for Graham Dicks is graham@gvukdesign.co.uk.

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