Please introduce yourself
Please use this space to do a quick introduction, A few words and a Hello is fine. A few more words and maybe a couple of images are even better ! It does not matter if you are a seasoned professional or new to jewelry cad or just interested in furthering your skills, feel free to tell us about yourself and your journey with CAD Jewellery making.
I guess I should really start.
I started my CAD journey many moons ago, probily not far of a quarter of a century ago. My Grandad was a horologist when he passed I was left his tools. I went to night school to see if I could learn about watches and put his tools to use. The Tutor told me I was wasting my time mechanical watches are dead, digital was the future sometimes I do wonder lol ! So he recommended I study jewellery instead . I was fascinated by the fact you could reproduce items with a mould and started to try and learn to wax carve. I quickly discovered that I possibly wasn't designed for this been blessed with fat fingers and the grace of a buffalo. So I had an idea to build a little milling machine to do it for me . Which overtime I managed to a fashion, the parts were very expensive at that time so it took me ages to get things together. Things got better when I found Ebay. I did it though stood back to admire my handy work and thought to myself 'how the f**k an I going to program it ?'
This led me to save up for a program called Jewelcad. At the time there wasn't much choice so Jewelcad it was this was before Youtube had anything that wasn't a 10 second cat video that took 35 mins to down load on a 56K modem .The Jewelcad supplied tutorials were in Chinglish and about as much use as a fly screen on a submarine door, so it was very slow going but I kept banging on with it. As the internet gained a bit of traction I found this form in its first edition and it was great everyone bouncing off each other as CAD was a new thing. Some very clever people were and still are involved. I started with Rhino and really liked it. I then build another mill which I still have to this day somewhere. I documented the build on the forum.
By this time I had the bug but it was mainly a hobby for me . As time passed I wanted to try and get into the jewellery industry. Which traditionally has been a bit tricky to do. But finally an opportunity opened up locally. Which turned out to be perfect . I was offered the Job as the owner recognised my voice and bad spelling (well somebody has to put the sexy in dyslexic) from the forum and Youtube videos . After a few years I decided to set up a shop with my work partner and that's where I'm upto know.
I feel, I owe a lot to the forum and that's why after chatting with Ken decided to restart it again . It was tough losing all the data we really tried to sort it but could not. So here we are back for version 3.0. I will keep running it as long as it current and people get involved, I look forward to seeing your stories ,developments ,skills, work and anything jewellery related and hope I can help out a bit to inspire people like I was by the people past and present that contributed.