Gemvision & Holts Acadamy – New CAD CAM Training

Gemvision’s Matrix jewellery design software – the latest version of which was launched at the recent IJL show – is to feature in a brand new jewellery manufacturing training scheme run by Holts Academy of Jewellery, based in Hatton Garden.

The Industry Certified CAD Design qualification (ICCD) is the first in the UK to follow standards set by the industry and recognised qualification bodies, which leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Precious Metal CAD CAM.

The course encompasses the production of jewellery from detailed drawings and specifications using CAD. Students will be able to learn with Gemvision’s market-leading Matrix CAD package which has been designed specifically for the trade, allowing on-screen, dimensionally accurate design and substantially reducing the time taken from initial idea to final production.

Gemvision Europe managing director Gary Baines is delighted the company has been chosen as official supplier to the scheme. “Our technology is geared towards helping designers and retailers create innovative, desirable and profitable jewellery items, so working with the designers and manufacturers of tomorrow is very important for Gemvision,” he said. “Enabling new jewellery designers to learn the latest CAD CAM techniques on market leading Matrix software under the auspices of the industry’s leading training provider means that manufacturers, retailers and customers can look forward to some stunning, original and inventive pieces in the months and years to come.”

Lee Lucas, director of Holts Academy said: “After years of pioneering the development of qualifications for the jewellery sector I am delighted that we are able to lead the field for CAD CAM Qualifications. Our qualifications are Industry Certified and will offer both Industry level recognition and real skills for the workplace. Holts Academy has worked with Gemvision Europe for five years and believes the company’s software – used by many of the jewellery world’s leading brand names – is the ideal partner for this ground-breaking training programme.”

Matrix Version 7 was launched to acclaim from buyers and the press at the recent 2011 International Jewellery London show. The new version brings greater organic design functionality and even more realistic imaging to the market-leading software design package. It incorporates T-Splines technology, which improves on traditional CAD functionality to give designers more freedom in creating the type of complex organic design shapes which are generally only created by hand. Version 7 also benefits from the new V-Ray render engine built-in, enabling jewellers to produce an accurate, photo-realistic image of their designs within 30 seconds – a powerful design and sales tool.

The ICCD course lasts 310 hours, 98 of which involve specialist CAD delivery. The course will cover:

  • keeping safe and maintaining the workshop and machinery
  • producing jewellery or silverware from detailed drawings and specifications
  • marking out and measuring jewellery or silverware
  • designing jewellery using Computer Aided Design
  • preparatory CAD software use; using CAD software to create and  manipulate 3D geometry
  • using CAD software for precision 3D modelling of jewellery
  • using CAD software for editing existing models
  • presenting CAD models using rendering
  • creating physical objects from CAD models using CAM technology
  • producing jewellery using wax casting
  • understanding and applying concepts of metallurgy to jewellery
  • new manufacturing technologies

Gemvision will also be supporting the qualification with the provision of a prize at the bi-annual Academy Awards hosted by Holts Academy of Jewellery.
For more information visit www.gemvision.com.

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