1. Introduction & step-by-step explanation of the jewelry design process
Introduction & a step-by-step explanation of the jewelry design process
1. JEWELRY DESIGN IDEAS
- Do some background research on your idea to make sure it’s unique.
- Come up with a brand name and make sure no one is using it or has trademarked it.
- Have a clear idea of your designs. Sketch them to the best of your abilities and make notes. Thoroughly prepare before meeting with the 3D CAD designer.
- Understand the sizes of your jewelry designs by using right jewelry measuring tools: Ring Sizer , Millimeter gauge: Pocket Gauge , Digital Gauge , Professional Digital Caliper - Mitutoyo .
- Get peace of mind and protect your designs and ideas by having a NDA agreement signed by all parties and services you will be working with.
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2. CAD DESIGN
- CAD Design – This is one of the first and most important steps of the production process for your jewelry, where the 3D CAD Designer implements your idea and design into a 3D computer model file.
3. WAX PRINTING
- Wax Printing – This is the next step of the production process after you’ve designed your 3D model: you now can print it in wax. In most cases, you will need to provide the printing house with .STL or .3DM files.
- When printing your jewelry design models, make sure they are printed on 3D jewelry printers with a high resolution: 25 to 65 microns.
- The most popular 3D printers used in jewelry industry are SolidScape, EnvisionTec and 3DSystems.
4. CASTING, MASTER MODEL and MOLD
- Casting – You are looking for lost wax casting to cast from your 3D printed wax model.
- Master model – Your jewelry design in most cases is casted in silver, cleaned and prepared for rubber or silicon molding.
- Mold – A silicon or rubber mold is used to reproduce jewelry in bigger quantities for future mass production.
5. GET READY FOR PRODUCTION
- For mass production of your jewelry designs, you’ll need to find a production house and provide them with 3D files, or with rubber or silicone molds of your design.
6. FIRST PROTOTYPE
- Before starting mass production of your jewelry, it’s important to have the production house create a jewelry prototype/sample first.
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