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Whatever you’re planning to create, you’ll have to use a 3D CAD design software to make a 3D file. You may be a beginner or experienced, a professional jeweler, an artist or a hobbyist. Whoever you are, there is definitely a program that will meet your needs and help you to design your object. To create jewelry, the process is the same, you need to find jewelry CAD software to shape accurate models, with a lot of CAD tools.
Do you want to create organic shapes? You would like to 3D print a geometrical jewel? Anything is possible, and we are sure that there is a program for you out there, that will help you design perfectly your 3D jewelry!
In this list, you’ll find some software totally created to design jewelry. Other ones are traditional 3D modeling or sculpting software, which can also help you to create impressive designs for your jewelry.
If you know a little about 3D modeling, then you certainly know Rhino3D. It is particularly popular in architecture or industrial design as it can help you to create complex and precise models. Several versions are available, and one of them will be interesting for you if you want to do some jewelry design: it’s called RhinoGold. This software is dedicated to jewelry design and allows you to create very detailed pieces of jewelry.
You are provided with a large choice of jewelry components and you can combine them as you wish. You can do whatever you want, like body rings, earrings, bracelets, halos, pendants, eternity bands, etc. You can also build your jewelry from scratch with several tools offered by RhinoGold to create a unique design! Modeling module and engraving module are included, this makes RhinoGold an efficient software to create your jewelry 3D model.
Another product from Rhino3D is RhinoJewel. This professional 3D modeling software will allow you to make beautiful jewelry designs for the luxury industry. From simple projects to the most complicated ones, you will be able to produce photorealistic renders to present your vision in 3D.
RhinoJewel was built based on over 20 years of experience in 3D modeling, goldsmithing, stone setting, gemology, jewelry design, and rapid prototyping. It is well known for its easy user interface and a wide range of tools specialized for jewelry design.
If you’re a professional and work in the jewelry industry you may know this Matrix software. It is a popular and efficient tool to do 3D printing jewelry design. Matrix is ideal if you want to start a project from the beginning.
This CAD program is specifically designed to create jewelry, but you need to be a little experienced to use this one as it is a complex tool. It has all the same advantages as Rhino, but the interface is entirely made for jewelers. Moreover, it contains step-by-step builders to help in your creative exploration.
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3Design is also a CAD software entirely dedicated to jewelry design. It claims to be “made by jewelers, for jewelers”. With this program, you can aim to create highly detailed 3D objects. It allows you to see photorealistic images of your 3D models before printing it.
You can obtain a realistic rendering as this jewelry CAD software is inspired by video game graphics technology. As its interface is quite intuitive, it is easy to learn with a little bit of training. No doubt, this CAD for jewelry is going to improve your production methods to get the perfect 3D printed jewelry. It includes many precise tools that will be useful for micro pave or stone creation for example.
A library of various objects is integrated and will offer you several possibilities.
This jewelry CAD modeling software is designed for jewelry manufacturing. Many tools are created especially for jewelry design, but you don’t need to be an expert to model with this software, as it has a short learning curve. Thi software is perfect to create 3D jewelry with organic shapes, with its fast editing tools. A library is also included in this CAD software.
With 30+ years of experience, this powerful software allows you to produce sophisticated designs. It offers many time-saving tools, a hybrid modeling engine with direct modeling, and CAD jewelry tools. It will allow you to make realistic visualizations and freely make adjustments to the model.
Jewelry CAD Dream is not only about design but also about the manufacturing process. It allows you to efficiently prepare the models for 3D printing, to choose the best orientation, and to assure seamless production.
This is one of the most popular jewelry design software. It is known for an easy learning curve, friendly User Interface, and intuitive tools. It gives a lot of freedom to the user allowing for the creation of beautiful designs.
JewelCAD supports various features such as curve and point editing, generating array for stones, production of photo-like renders. You can also calculate the number and weight of stones needed, prepare files for CNC machining and STL files for 3D printing.
A very hands-on program that allows you to create unique jewels fast. CounterSketch lets you start from scratch or choose among 1300 preset models that you can refine into unique creations, along with customers.
This piece of Software is an interesting buy for retail outlets looking to co-create final products with clients, and can whether be purchased or used through a monthly subscription.
Jweel is a jewelry design application, there is no download required. The founders claim that this jewelry design software is so easy to use that you don’t need to have any 3D modeling knowledge. It has a very simple navigation screen allowing you to quickly design personalized jewelry such as with text or symbols.
Once you design your customized piece, it will be 3D printed and go through hand post-processing.
This is a great solution for amateurs and non-designers who still want to design highly personalized 3D printed jewelry. Wizegem is an online platform for designers and retailers. It is very simple: you pick elements for the jewelry, customize them, and it’s ready! You can either download a 3D file or manufacture it within the online application.
Zbrush is a digital sculpting tool, allowing to model, paint, and texture the object that you’re planning to 3D print. You can obtain high-resolution models with this one. ZBrush uses “3D pixels” technology. Each pixel is called “pixol” and contains information on depth, orientation, material, and color value.
Zbrush is used by many jewelry designers as it is a good software to create detailed designs for jewelry or fashion accessories. ZBrush is a great solution if you want to create intricate models, it allows you to sculpt anything you want and add a lot of details, as gemstones for example. It is ideal to work on the texture and surfaces of your 3D model.
With ZBrush, you’re free and can be as creative as you want. You can give life to any of your ideas but you need to have a little experience with 3D modeling before using it for your jewelry designs.
Blender is free software. This open-source 3D modeling software is developed by Blender Foundation. Blender has a mesh-based direct modeling system, not a parametric one. A lot of tutorials are available to help users, but as this 3D modeling software is a little bit advanced, it will not really suit beginners. This software is more interesting for artistic use, and thus, it’s quite relevant to create 3D jewelry.
You need to know the basic functionalities of Blender before using it. If you are interested in using Blender, check out our Blender tutorial which will help you model, export, and correct your 3D design to 3D print it.
Sketchup is developed by Trimble and can be used by anyone. It’s a free and popular software for 3D printing. It is also very useful for beginners, who don’t have a lot of experience with 3D modeling software. As Sketchup is particularly useful to design geometrical models, it can be relevant to use this software if you want to create geometrical jewelry.
If you’re new with 3D modeling and you want to use Sketchup, take a look at our Sketchup tutorial that will give you good beginners tips to use it for 3D printing.
Moment of Inspiration (also known as MoI), it is a little bit similar to Rhino but way cheaper. It has fewer functionalities and plugins, but you have all the basic tools to design your jewelry. This software already has a user base involved in jewelry design. MoI is made for artists and designers, but it can be really interesting to use it to create jewelry.
This CAD software is a good solution if you are just getting started with jewelry design!
3Shaper is a sculpting and free-form modeler. It can be used as a module in 3Design if you take the professional version, but can also be used alone, in its stand-alone version. 3Shaper allows you to create organic shapes and work on details. For example, you can easily create ajours with this one. The workspace is now maximized for more efficiency.
Feel free to use your artistic skills with 3Shaper.
Tinkercad is a simple and user-friendly software. It’s a good software if you’re new with 3D modeling. You can directly get access to this program in your internet browser. It’s totally free and you don’t need previous experiences with CAD software to use it! You can create a lot of different models, so keep in mind that this software can be very useful if you are new with jewelry design.
And if you want to create your 3D model or design your piece of jewelry in just a few minutes, go check our Tinkercad tutorial! We are going to explain to you how to take in hand this online design tool.
Mudbox is a digital painting and sculpting software acquired by Autodesk. Particularly useful to create and modify artistic objects, for example, jewelry. It allows you to work on organic shapes, texture painting, and displacement. Mudbox is quite similar to ZBrush, but this 3D modeling software is more traditional. It uses layers, allowing the user to store different details passes, adding masks on the layers, and blending them. This way the user can work on the 3D model of his creation without making permanent changes. This could obviously be a great solution for your jewelry designs.
We hope that this top 11 list of jewelry design software helped you to find the right tools, adapted to your project and your needs and that it will help you to develop your creativity and stimulate your inspiration.
But what can you do once your 3D model is completely done, you need to 3D print your jewelry?
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