Short Courses

CAD for Jewellery

Melbourne Polytechnic's computer aided design (CAD) for Jewellery short course enables participants to develop skills relating to a range of jewellery CAD processes. The projects can be worked through by each student at their own pace and each project is designed to be completed in order from introductory to more advanced standards.

Course Code: SMM085

Fees: $625.00

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Projects are designed to be accessible to students with little or no experience in jewellery or CAD.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • use the 3 Design CAD program
  • save files for use with Jewellery casting manufacturers
  • create a prototype item from their files

Course structure

Session 1 – Introduction to CAD/CAM technology and its use in Jewellery manufacture. Attributes of various Jewellery specific software packages and the relationship to production processes. Navigation around the software including embedded help menus, accessing tools and saving files to various locations. Introduction to paths and sections.

Session 2 – Sweeping 2D sections along paths to make basic 3D solid objects such as rings and bangles. Introduction to horizontal and vertical planes in CAD. Introduction to 2D drawing tools to create paths and cross sections of objects. Signet ring production using ‘wizards’.

Session 3 – Designing a custom made pendant set with a gemstone. Using student produced profiles to create solids and position in the workspace. Introduction to creating gemstones and using them in designs, claw settings and bezel settings.

Session 4 – Manipulating solids to create a three-stone ring. Introduction of parametric history, the ability to alter designs at any point in the design process. Students will create a custom three-stone ring with claw settings and then alter the stone shape, size, colour and height.

Session 5 – Jewelling (positioning stones) introduction. Pave and punch setting gemstones on to 3D objects, placement of beads/grains and A-jour work (the removal of metal under the gemstones).

Session 6 – Jewelling, channel setting on rings. Projection and maintaining correct borders around and between stones.

Session 7 – More advanced 3D tools. Removal of sections within solids to create the under rail, decorative elements, relief and overlays.

Session 8 and 9 – With the teacher’s assistance, students will design a ring and pendant set over two sessions within a design brief. The aim of these sessions is to design error free files for export to a materials printer, ultimately to be printed and cast.

For further enquiries or to enrol, please contact the Mechanical Manufacturing Department, email or phone 03 9269 8615.

Available Sessions

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.

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