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Stephen Webster, a designer of luxury jewellery whose pieces have been worn by celebrities such as Madonna, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John and Rihanna, is using ArtCAM Jewelsmith from Delcam to help create dramatic designs.

According to Edward Slater, head of Stephen Webster’s CAD department, designers always start with a brief as to the theme and inspiration for a particular project before they sketch out their designs.

Each collection consists of up to 30 or 40 pieces, including earrings, rings, necklaces and larger statement pieces, such as cuffs.

The CAD team is given around four weeks from the time it receives the signed-off designs to convert all paper drawings into 3D CAD models, taking around a day for each design.

Once they have modelled the jewellery, the designer looks at each model to make sure that it is as he or she envisaged and makes any amendments before importing the design into Delcam ArtCAM Jewelsmith software to create the toolpaths for CNC milling.

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Key benefits of product application

  • Slater initially saw ArtCAM Jewelsmith at the IJL exhibition, where he was impressed by how quickly the software could calculate toolpaths.
  • He said: ‘It cuts the time down drastically. Half a day was cut down to a couple of minutes. It is great. When it comes to bangles, ArtCAM has been something of a revolution for us; we could have never done one before with our previous software and machinery.’
  • Slater added: ‘ArtCAM Jewelsmith has a really easy workflow and is extremely simple to use with its 3D Machining Wizard.’
  • ArtCAM Jewelsmith comes with a number of options to create the toolpaths to produce a design efficiently on a CNC machine. The software also gives Slater’s team the opportunity to check that the block of wax is the correct size for the jewellery model, as well as to add the number, size and thickness of the supports to hold the piece in place during machining.
  • Before the design is sent to the CNC machine, Slater and his team run a simulation of the toolpaths, cutting the design to make sure they have chosen the correct machining strategies and cutting tool, and, if necessary, to make any amendments.
  • Slater said: ‘It is interesting seeing it simulate the toolpaths because when you come to see it on the machine there are no surprises.’
  • He concluded: ‘Whatever we are working on, I know that Delcam is always there to help, giving us advice on the best tools and approach to mill a design should we need it.’

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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