In this cutting edge workshop, CAD design will be taught using a free program called Pro Design. This software makes it possible to explore your design options and to actually experience CAD design in jewelry making before spending many hundreds of dollars on expensive software. After taking this comprehensive workshop, students will understand the design/build process and will be able to make an informed decision whether or not CAD design is what they want to pursue. Options on other software will be discussed in class.
Locating and downloading software program
Learning program basics and design parameters
Getting a design sheet
Making a design in CAD
Finalizing your file. (File sent out for building)
Get product back from 3D Printer
Learn how to clean up at jewelry bench
Learn to understand ‘build lines’ and how to properly clean them
Learn how to improve your design using CAD
Learn how to check a file
Work checklist for sending to the printer
The software that will be used in class will require a laptop with Windows 8, Windows 10 or Vista and either a 32 or 64 bit CPU with enough memory to run the internet without pauses. If you have a lot of information on your computer, you may want to do maintenance before class to make sure the unit is operating at its full potential.
For those of you who will wish to proceed with CAD after class and use a professional program such as Rhino, you will want to have a computer that has the capability to run video games.