What is CAD?

Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the modeling of physical systems on computer, allowing both interactive and automatic analysis of design variants, and the expression of designs in a form suitable for manufacturing.

How is it Different from Other Types of CAD?

The biggest difference between general purpose software and industry specific software is theyve tried to include commands and tools to make certain tasks people are called upon to do every day much quicker and easier. In the case of jewellery, were talking about ring sizing, determining the weight of an object in metal, and perhaps tools to help with stone setting. Other industry specific programs would include tools to help with those industries, such as foot model templates and special scaling tools for footwear design, or dioptre measurements for eyewear design, and so on.

What is CAM?

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is the use of computer softwares and hardwares in the translation of Computer Aided Design (CAD) into manufacturing instructions for numerical controlled machine tools.

Why use (CAD/CAM) in the Jewelry?

Today staying ahead of competition is harder than ever. (CAD/CAM) has made it beneficial in the jewelry industry because of its unlimited modeling capabilities. It will bring your creation to reality, at the control of your fingertips.

What (CAD) Softwares do you use?

Our jewelry designing tools are (3Design-Cad, Rhinoceros & Matrix). (Magics) used for STL fixing, also we take advantage of sculpting strength of (Zbrush), 3D power of (Cinema-4D), in addition to (illustrator & photoshop).

What (CAM) Machine do you use?

A micro (RP) system called (Solidscape T76+) we employed to produce the most intricate fine (CAD) designs. (T76+) utilizes new Smooth Curvature Printing technology (SCP) to provide more precision & best surface finish.

How much do you charge for your (CAD/CAM) service?

This depends upon the sophistication of the design. Our fees are based on an hourly rate, either (CAD) or (CAM) services are charged with USD 20 per hour. We’ll be happy to e-mail us a picture requesting an estimate quote.

What is the Material that your machine uses for building?

Our machine builds models in wax, featuring excellent lost wax casting quality (fast melt out, no ash or residue, no thermal expansion). Please, note that,  our waxes is quite fragile and need to be handled with extreme care.

Can you cast our models on metal and how much it will cost?

We advice to cast (outsourced) your models on metal, to avoid accidental wax cracking during shipping stages. We charge USD 0.75 per/gr as casting labor plus the price of metal (based on metal market on date of shipment).

What is your approximate turnaround time?

(CAD) design, upon complexity, will range from 1 to 3 w/days, once it is approved, allow 2 w/days for prototyping & an additional 2 w/days if casting is requested. shipping delivery time varies depending on delivery destination.

Do you accept files for 3D printing, which types of files are accepted?

Yes definitely. We accept most 3D files such as: Rhinoceros, Matrix, 3Design, JewelCAD, Artcam, 3Dmax, DXF, STL and SLC. We will check the integrity of your model on receipt and notify you before proceeding.

How do we send our files to you?

You are welcome to simply E-mail your files to us, as long as the files do not exceed 10 Mb.

What payments methods are accepted?

We accept payments via, Bank Transfer (wire transfer, TT), Western Union or MoneyGram and Skrill for online transfer we will send you our payments details.

How will my order be shipped?

All International Packages are shipped via (DHL, Aramex, Fedex, UPS.. ). Unless you select your own shipper, we will choose the best one based on your order, destination and delivery time.

Are my designs secure?

The confidentiality of our client’s designs are strictly guaranteed, we sign a Non Disclosure Agreement at your request, but our code of ethics and our moral obligations are the same either way and as good as a signed contract.

How Does Lost Wax Casting Work with Jewellery Making?

The lost wax casting process has been a mainstay of the jewellers trade for centuries. Below is a summary of the lost wax casting process itself as it typically applies to jewellery (this is the casting process more or less as it appeared in Adolfo Mattiellos wonderful old book Techniques of Jewellery Illustration and Colour Rendering. I heartily recommend the book if you can find it.):

How does the jewelry Lost Wax Casting Process work?

A master model is made either by carving wax or in a hard alloy such as nickel silver (a copper-nickel-zinc alloy) or often in silver.

If made in a hard alloy or silver, a rubber mould is made by surrounding the master model with sheet rubber in a mould frame. Placing it in a heated press and vulcanizing it. On cooling, it is cut with a scalpel into halves, thus releasing the master model.

The rubber mould is used to make many copies of the master model in wax, by use of a wax injector which injects molten wax, often under a vacuum to remove air from the mould, into the mould cavity. On cooling, the wax is removed to give an exact copy of the original master model in wax.

The waxes are assembled into a ‘tree’ around a central feeder or sprue. This tree is cleaned of dust, and placed in a metal cylinder, known as a ‘flask’. Special investment powder is mixed with water to a slurry

How Do Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing Fit In With jewelry Casting?

The 3D printed model is either used for casting (if the model is wax or resin), or to create a rubber mould from which we can make wax copies for casting (if the model is made of a non-castable material).

What is 3D rendering?

3D rendering is the process of converting 3D CAD models into images with 3D photorealistic effects.

Why do I need jewelry renders and 3d animations?

Jewelry rendering gives an opportunity to visualize your new pieces and start marketing them even before manufacturing. Jewelry 3D photo and video rends are perfect for showcasing your latest designs in your website or generating images for your online and printed catalogue.

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