Jewelry industry is progressing day by day, not only in an aesthetic sense, but also on technological front. This has been proved by the most popular CAD software for jewelers, which produces 3D images of the proposed jewelry. The technology, so far in use to produce images for the dental, medical and aerospace industries, has now been used widely by jewelers, though it was introduced a decade ago.
Matrix, one of the most favored CAD software technologies for jewelers, was introduced in 2001 by Gemvision, a company, specialized in computer-aided designs and creating products for jewelers, based at Davenport,Iowa. It slowly started getting popularity with time and improvement and in 2006, got a notable identity in the market.
With the help of the software, laser-melting machines enable designers to produce complex designs which they cannot create with any other method. Consecutive layers of inexpensive metals are laid down of the desired shape and according to the instructions taken in a computer-aided design (CAD file) the object is built up. This method is wonderful because it can give rise to any complicated parts of a design, which are hollow, and because the designers build them layer by layer, they can place structures inside them. Designers can easily start with a predefined style altered in a hurry and later they can perfect that style accurately in the way customer wants it.
The technology skips two major flaws of the traditional methods of jewelry casting. Firstly, there is apparently no wastage, and secondly, the finished jewels are free of porosity. Another benefit is customization. Thus, an outstanding piece can be produced literally overnight.
This saves a lot for the jeweler. Millions of dollars of unneeded inventory for showcasing jewelry items throughout theUSare saved because of the technology which designs made-to-order trial products made from cheap base metals, which can be customized with the help of CAD, and so, jewelers need not create the item when they don’t have an order.
Jewelry designing firms have already started using the 3D printing facility for their customers online. On the websites of these firms, customers can create 3D printed jewelry design of their very own liking and requirement, in materials such as sterling silver, acrylic and nylon.
The technology will be more needed in coming future when the jewelers will need to accommodate young generation who wants customized jewelry. But, this will also create a need to reequip the jewelry factories because there will be a change of trend from making 1,000 of one thing to creating 1,000 things each independently.
Many jewelers, however, are still of opinion, that handmade designs create the necessary prestige and romance in the piece. They say that such a piece has an enigma for the buyer that somebody has spent a lot of time working on this piece, and that makes it forever. Some other jewelers say that technology comes in when human hands fail. However, the new times are pointing towards an age of lovers of technology, which has now entered the field of jewelry.
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