The school’s courses in computer graphics for jewellery are aimed at designers who want to approach the world of computer-aided 3D jewellery modelling.
Use of the computer makes it possible to optimise even the most complex ideas, to create the 3D model of the jewel, to produce technical drawings for analysis and communication, to preview the object through the rendering process, and to create prototypes, models and dies, before passing on to use of the traditional processing techniques.
This software can be used to achieve the flexibility and precision required for the realisation of any type of jewellery design: from traditional to modern and innovative, both simple and complex, also permitting the creation of any type of decoration.
Depending on the type of design process chosen, the software can also be customised. There are libraries of precious stones and other accessories to choose from. The potential of the software can be exploited to make wedding rings and other rings, channels for setting, collets and pavé, quickly and accurately.
Computer-aided 3D jewellery modelling is an excellent tool to supplement the traditional techniques of representation (freehand technical drawing) and the traditional jewellery techniques, in order to be able to develop projects from the design phase through the development stage and up to actual production.
The aim of this course is to train professionals with an adequate degree of competence in jewellery design and in the modelling of complex forms, so as to boost their chances of satisfactory integration in the professional world.
The courses are organised by ascending level of specialisation and by argument, so as to satisfy all types of training requirement, perfectly tailored to the needs of each individual pupil.
The computer-aided jewellery design courses are divided into modules of 32 hours, organised in two 4-hour sessions per week.
This makes it possible for the student to practice outside lesson times. Indeed, in view of the vastness and complexity of the arguments dealt with, the courses schedule regular and constant practice sessions outside school hours, which are considered an indispensable requisite for a positive result at the end of the course.
The foundation course in Rhinoceros is aimed at students who have never used the programme or have only a rudimentary knowledge of it.
The purpose of the course is to teach the students how to use the 2D and 3D software tools so that they can acquire a certain familiarity with the graphic interface. In this way, once they have completed the foundation course they will be able to use the software to continue learning independently.
Theoretical and practical concepts for producing technical drawings in 2D are taught, and for jewellery modelling of surfaces and solids designed for the construction of 3D digital models.
The course is focused on jewellery design, also dealing with topics such as pure geometry, descriptive geometry and jewellery construction (components, combination and mechanics) as well as methods and techniques for transforming the idea into a model ready for prototyping.
The course ends with the process of rapid prototyping (3D printing), through the creation of a previously designed object.
The advanced course in Rhinoceros is aimed at those who have already mastered a basic knowledge of the programme and want to refine their jewellery modelling techniques.
During the course, concepts of NURBS geometry are explored, such as degree, control points, knots and so on, leading to mastery of the use of advanced tools on points, curves, surfaces and solids.
Other aspects covered include the use of analysis tools, the approach to parametric design using Grasshopper and the use of cellular patterns exploiting the Panelling Tool plug-in.
The objective of the course is to overcome the limitations of a superficial use of Rhinoceros and the geometry of objects in general, to reach the point of being able to model any form whatsoever that may be necessary for the development of a project.
The course in rendering with Flamingo is aimed at those who wish to acquire expertise in photorealistic-quality rendering without necessarily having to become professionals.
The course is tailored to anyone who wants to utilise the computer as a useful, although subordinate, tool for jewellery design.
Flamingo nXt offers maximum simplification of the option settings so as to achieve an excellent result in the shortest possible time.
The aim of the course is to acquire a complete knowledge of the programme, from the management of the materials and the lighting to the creation of an environment and setting the rendering properties, targeting a correct representation of the project in both technical and communication terms.
2019 course prices
|One-month course||32 hours in 4 weeks||€ 1200|
|Two-month course||64 hours in 8 weeks||€ 2100|
Notes on the course
Attendance: 8 hours a week
Rhinoceros is a top-level software for 3D modelling, one of the most widely used in the world. It has indeed become the gold standard in professional architecture and industrial design studios and for enterprises working in many other fields, including the jewellery sector.
It is also widely used in the CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) environment, in rapid prototyping and reverse engineering.
It is a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) application for the three-dimensional modelling of surfaces using NURBS (Non Uniform Rational B-Splines), developed by Robert McNeel and Associates.
The combination of the precision typical of the CAD systems with the flexibility of Spline modelling has made Rhino an extremely powerful and precise programme, at once flexible and intuitive. Rhino can be used to create any form that may be required in the sphere of design, to study complex geometry, to explore the 3D world and to produce technical drawings and real objects in resin (rapid prototyping). It can also be utilised in combination with other software, since it supports numerous graphic and modelling standards including DWG, DXF, 3DS, IGES, OBJ, LWO,STL, SLC, VRML, BMP, TGA, JPG etc.
Grasshopper is a graphic algorithm editor that makes it possible to create new forms through the use of the visual programming incorporated in Rhinoceros.
Visual programming is an extremely powerful tool which, while not requiring computer programming expertise, makes it possible to create new forms through function structures (nodes) that are optimal for repetitive operations or when it is necessary to resort to parametric design of the form.
The decision to include an introduction to the use of Grasshopper in the programme of the course was dictated by the fact that this plug-in – which is currently available for free download – makes it possible to adopt a different approach to designing in Rhinoceros. In fact it opens up a window on an alternative world, that of modelling through nodes, enabling the creation and logical management of extremely new and complex forms which would otherwise be incredibly difficult to conceive and realise.
The use of software for computer-assisted design makes it possible to model any object at all in three dimensions. The final goal is to achieve a 3D model for the creation of a prototype, to draft the executive technical drawings with the dimensional, mechanical and functional details, while also producing a photorealistic representation of the designed object (rendering).
From a 3D model created using Rhinoceros, it is possible to utilise different rendering engines, both that included in Rhino and other software programmes.
Flamingo nXt is a Rhinoceros plug-in, produced by the same software house, which can be used to generate high-quality images.
It is a programme with a simple, user-friendly interface, which makes it possible to obtain excellent results without being experts in rendering.
It is in fact ideal for those who want to achieve an excellent result in a short time, thus optimising production costs.
This software is based on the physics of real light and it produces exceptional results in terms of photorealism. It can, for example, manage HDRI images, indirect lighting, reflection and refraction.
An additional aspect is the ray casting technology which, through the use in parallel of all the nuclei of the processor and the progressive finishing of the image, makes it possible to achieve optimal results in the shortest possible time.