Postponed - Introduction to Rhino and 3D printing for jewelry Session A - TBD with: Steven Parker

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Postponed - Introduction to Rhino and 3D printing for jewelry Session A - TBD with:  Steven Parker
Postponed - Introduction to Rhino and 3D printing for jewelry Session A - TBD with: Steven Parker

February 5 - March 11

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Runs 6 Wednesdays- Note that classes will be moved as needed due to bad weather


Skill Level: All Levels - no experience required. Students must take Session A before taking Session B.

$25 per session payable at time of registration

Regular Workshop

Rhino is a CAD modelling program extensively used in the jewelry industry for design, prototyping, and production. CAD, an acronym for Computer Aided Design, enables us to design and , in a virtual 3D environment in our computer, build the piece we design in a format that can then be 3D printed in a medium similar to wax. This now solid model can be sent to a casting facility to cast into the metal of choice. Because we have a computer file of this piece, we can then easily print multiples and/or modify and scale them to achieve different sizes and variations. CAD modeling lets us achieve precision and repeatability not easily accomplished with wax and hand fabricated metal models.

For jewelers that have been carving waxes and/or hand fabricating from metal, Rhino and digital modeling can be a tool to expedite and simplify prototyping and production.

In this course, students will learn the basics of using Rhino to create a virtual digital model, print that virtual model into a solid castable part, then send out the printed part to be cast. These introductory classes will begin with understanding and navigating the Rhino environment, creating, locating in space, and manipulating points, lines, curves, and surfaces. Those building blocks of geometric objects will be used to create solid printable forms. We will then learn the basics of 3D printing, and print in class simple models that each student will create. Students can send those printed models to a casting company that will cast them into metal.

Session A will be focused on learning basic Rhino skills to create simple digital models. Session B will introduce 3D printing to print the digital models from Session A using our printer in the studio, and build on the skills learned in Session A. The printed models can then be sent out to a caster to cast into metal.

For this class, students should have a basic understanding of using a Windows PC, and must have a PC laptop with mouse to bring to class, ideally with a fast processor and at least 8 GB of RAM. Note that Mac computers are NOT supported in this class! We will be using Rhino6 in the class, and a free evaluation copy can be downloaded that will be good for the duration of the class.
Please note: Students must have a PC. Rhino will not run on a MAC

Steven Parker is an Adjunct Professor in the Jewelry Design Department at FIT in New York.
He is also a certified Rhino trainer, teaching Rhino3D, a CAD modeling program widely used in jewelry and other industries. Steven went through his apprenticeship at Oscar Heyman, a manufacturer of the very finest precious stone jewelry, and later returned there to manage production. He spent time working in the toy industry, developing and manufacturing products that took adantage of his expertise and love of all things mechanical. Currently, in addition to teaching he consults with clients on all phases of jewelry manufacture from design and prototyping to production.
To learn more about Steven and to see some of his work please click here

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