I have been a jeweler and lapidary since 1977. I have been playing with 3D software since about 1995. I recently designed and then built my dream studio using a somewhat primitive software Design CAD 3D.
As I was planning on slowly closing down a diamond tool company the we own and go back to my lapidary and jewelry full time for the remainder of my days on the planet I decided I needed something to aid me in my jewelry design.
I did some major research on the net and found every Jewelry design software lacking and leaving a lot to be desired and very limited. I then found Rhino 3D, having played with Maya just for giggles I saw instantly that Rhino 3D was just the thing I was looking for. I downloaded the trial version of Rhino3D version 4 (with twenty five saves).
Once I had the software I spent the time to build the basis of a gold box that had been floating around in my head for years. I have posted an image of this box. I did everything in this image with about ten saves, once I saw what could be done with Rhino 3D I purchased it and Brazil.
As my business kept me so busy and the fact that my old graphics computer was very lacking when it came to rendering I have not spent much time with this software until recently. I just bought a super hot rod graphics machine with a SSD for the boot drive, so needless to say everything is now done almost instantly. This said and the fact that I am designing a Ruby ring for my daughter (five designs she picks) I have encountered what is probably a very easy to overcome problem. In the image I have added of this ring you can see that I am doing some granulation work around the diamond shape.
I know that when I did the box in the trial version I had no problem in placing the stone pieces on the sides and the top of the box. I now cannot figure out just how I was doing this. I am wanting to do quite a bit of granulation (the little ball design) work on this design. I put the first balls in place by cheating a bit and don’t really like what I did. It took my quite awhile to get the single ball in the second row in place and I know for a fact that there has to be a simple way to do what I am trying to do.
I tried onsurf to place the first ball with a bit of luck but could not get it to drop right where I wanted it to. Is there a way I can copy this first ball in place and apply the rest in perspective view to the surface of the ring shank?
Any comments regarding this will be most appreciated and I thank you all in advance.
All my best … Danny