It has been too long since I’ve contributed to this blog and I’ve missed sharing with you all some of the fun things that we’ve been doing here at Gary Dawson Designs. Early in April, Alysia and I had the great fortune to visit Uruguay, a part of the world that has intrigued us both for some time…what a lovely trip and more about it later, I promise! Carnivore paradise!
Prior to that trip I had finished writing a research paper for the Santa Fe Symposium of Manufacturing Technology and soon after returning I traveled to southern California to meet other SFS speakers. After three days of networking (and playing) in SoCal, we all went to Albuquerque to attend the symposium and present our research.
My paper was very well received.
Then, in late May, I helped Mike Joyce, the inventor of the B9Creator 3D Rapid Prototyping machine roll out his invention to the jewelry industry at one of the industry’s most important yearly events, JCK-Las Vegas!
This show, sponsored by Jeweler’s Circular Keystone Magazine is not only a showcase for manufacturers of all types of jewelry and jewelry manufacturing tools, but also an educational event. I was tapped to present a program on Custom jewelry with two Custom Jewelry Design rock stars, Jim Tuttle of Greenlake Jewelry Works in Seattle, WA and Lisa Krikawa of Krikawa in Tucson, AZ. It was nice to present before an attentative, full-house audience!
Design work here is ever interesting and my learning curve with Rhinoceros and Rhino Gold is proceeding rapidly, thanks to my ability to print my designs and get that immediate feedback. Here are two versions a bracelet component in 14K rose gold that I’m currently working on.
The ability to develop concepts using CAD has already revolutionized the jewelry industry and my recent participation is just in time. The technology has matured to become a huge asset to me in my design and manufacturing! That’s it for now but expect more frequent posts in the near future!!