As experienced hand wax carvers, model makers and goldsmiths the transition into CAD was and is an exciting adventure. We see the software simply as another tool in creating jewelry and thus have invested greatly in the many options available. We are able to create simple models through highly complex organic and sculpted models, something that can be difficult in standard CAD packages. For 3D design, we use Matrix, T-Splines, Rhino, ArtCam, Firestorm, Zbrush, and 3D-Coat. V-ray and Maxwell are the rendering software that we utilize. Nettfab Professional, Protowizard, Modelworks, and Revo are used for post design model checking, repair, and toolpathing. We are also very familiar and use Photoshop and Corel Draw. In addition to our CAD/CAM services, we offer finished photography, photo touching and consulting.
Matrix Design Software
Most designs are developed using Matrix. Matrix gives us great control and flexibility when it comes to designing and producing CAD models. It combines the raw CAD power of Rhino 3D, the organic modeling of T-Splines and the stunning render images of V-Ray. Adding T-Splines has allowed Matrix to move to the more organic pieces and now has few limitations. It is not the only program we use but it is our go-to software for 3D design.
Sculpting 3D Models
One of the strengths at Converge is our aesthetics. As award-winning designers, we understand the art of jewelry making. Sometimes traditional CAD programs just can't cut it when it comes to more sculpted and organic models that really stand out. With the addition of ZBrush and 3D-Coat, we are able to sculpt in a 3D environment. This is as close as it gets to hand carving with the added benefits of replication, symmetry, and rendering. Sculpting programs like ZBrush utilize virtual clay that allows an artist to work like they would as if they were using wax.
Photo-realistic renderings serve many purposes. One of the biggest advantages of designing in CAD is the ability to show the customer what the piece will look like before it is manufactured. The renderings can easily be changed to show a customer different metal colors, finishes and stone types. Keep in mind that most renderings are made just to get a job approved and will typically have longer prongs and a more rigid look. A model made for advertising will be designed differently than a model that needs to be manufactured.