Virtual Class - Introduction to Rhino and 3D printing for jewelry with: Steven Parker

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Virtual Class - Introduction to Rhino and 3D printing for jewelry with:  Steven Parker
Virtual Class - Introduction to Rhino and 3D printing for jewelry with: Steven Parker

October 12 - November 16

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Runs 6 Wednesdays


Skill Level: All Levels - no experience required.

$35 per session payable at time of registration to print and mail files

Regular Workshop

Please note that this class will be taught on line via Zoom.

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 if desired send out the printed part to be cast. These 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. Students will create digital jewelry pieces, we will print those pieces in a castable resin, and mail the resin prints to the students. Students can then send the prints to a caster to cast into the metal of their choice.

The images you see here are just a few of the various types of jewelry we learn to model in these sessions.

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 Rhino7 in the class, and a free evaluation copy can be downloaded that will be good for the duration of the class.

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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