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A Worlds First?
While 3D scanning and its associated technologies are gaining traction in more and more fields every day, we still live in an age during which many of the applications are brand new. Paleontology
and very few companies offering solution-based services from design to scanning to printing, like 3D Proven Systems, even exist.
CAD and Digital Sculpting
So how do you produce a piece of jewelry that can't be handmade? Computer Aided Design actually follows a similar approach to traditional methods. Forms have to be developed, worked, and refined into a finished piece.
The greatest differences in the process come from the workability of forms, the fluidity with which they can be changed, and the scale at which a designer can manipulate them. CAD can be a reductive or additive process and changes can be made quickly and drastically or slowly and subtly.
Art imitates life, and with good reason. As such, the 3D industry has seen an increasing number of designers integrating 3D scans into their jewelry as a parallel and component of CAD. Some serve as literal representations on rings, necklaces, or earrings while others are more subtly, or even abstractly, integrated.
Once an object has been scanned, the 3D model can either be reverse engineered for use in traditional CAD programs, or imported directly into any modeler designed for free form design, or digital sculpting.
3D Scanning is simply another step in the process and another tool in the in toolkit that can reduce the overall time of creating a design, or enhance one beyond what would otherwise be possible.