Delcam ArtCAM simplifies 3D computer aided design

ArtCam JewelSmith 2010 promises faster and simpler design.

Delcam is targeting jewellery designers with its latest software, ArtCam JewelSmith 2010, which allows jewellers, pewter-, silver- and goldsmiths, to create highly crafted personalised or custom pieces or new complete lines with ease.

Jewellery can be created directly in the ArtCAM software or if master model makers prefer they can first draw their designs, hand sculpt a 3D model or create the piece in a familiar CAD package. Their work can then be simply scanned or imported directly into the software.

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The designer can begin adding height and shape to areas of their design by selecting a specific colour in their imported artwork for example or by selecting one of the drawing’s outlines.

Using ArtCAM JewelSmith’s unique relief layering system the jeweller can build their design using a number of layers, in a similar fashion to PhotoShop. These layers can then be edited at any point during the design process.

ArtCAM JewelSmith comes with a complete library of shanks and gems that can be used as the starting block for any ring design. The jeweller can then begin adding the intricacies to their piece using the software’s advanced sculpting tools. These not only allow the jeweller to replicate traditional sculpting methods by using a Wacom tablet, but also allow them to modify the size and strength of the tools as well as simultaneously sculpting the front and back of a design.

Once complete, a jewellery model can be saved as a rotatable 3D PDF which can then be e-mailed to the customer for approval. Once authorised, the designer can then select one of ArtCAM’s powerful machining strategies to calculate the tool paths required for machining.

Jeweller Michael Buckley, from Michael’s Designs, who has used the software, said that it greatly simplifies the CAD process. “The interface gives you so much drawing space. It’s clean and uncluttered so there is no real need for multiple screens. I also love the ability to create my own shortcut keys and toolbox; it makes my work time even shorter,” he added.

Todd Bailey, from 4m3D Creative Design believes that, “the significant changes to the interactive sculpting tools really make ArtCAM standout from other products.” Michael adds, “It is great being able to see both the front and back of the model – what a timesaver!”

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