DESIGNING THE OBJECT
CAD/CAM is an acronym for Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing. This process is used heavily in the engineering and manufacturing fields to prototype and create objects to exact measurements, hence the phrase “CAD Accurate.” Due to the need of an artist to have exact measurements for stones and complex visual designs in their work, jewelry artisans have recently adopted this process in pursuit of equally accurate waxes that later become visually stunning finished pieces.
I start with a two dimensional idea/drawing like the one you see to the right. This belt buckle design was inspired by wrought iron fence designs I saw in New Orleans. I then place the approved drawing into a CAD (design part) software program and convert it into a three dimensional object.