The design process relies heavily on marrying our creative team with your requirements, and to facilitate that for large clients we will find the designers best suited to the product category and they will then produce a stable supply of similar “feel” for that client going forward. In some cases, the initial stages of a relationship will require the designing to be done in pencil/pen to rapidly deploy many designs, so that a selection can be made by a client, prior to getting involved in the longer CAD process. The pen and pencil approach is still used by all our designers if any uncertainty about  new product exists.. for all the technology we have, there is still no replacement for a good old fashioned pencil sketch sometimes!

However in many cases our designers will get the “feel” for a client after one or two projects and then typically the designing with be done in CAD directly, where we use multiple software platforms, including JewelCad, ArtCam, Rhino, Matric, 3DCoat, Zbrush, Tsplines etc etc coupled with 3D scanners, allowing our  creative team the  freedom to produce any product they can dream up.

Images of B9 printer, some layouts of b9 printed resin, a designer comparing a resin print of same design onscreen etc etc

Once a CAD model is approved for sample production it will go to a dedicated sample room, which is a small cross section of our main factory, with staff selected for their ability to hold very tight schedules and very tight tolerances. This is the coal face of our design business. Once a model is approved the resin will be reprinted on out inhouse high end printers, or in some cases hand carved from wax, or even hand made. All resulting in a master model which needs to be of the highest quality possible.

The process is similar to the main factory process, but just in much smaller volumes.