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Getting started

If you’re a jeweler, you no doubt have been asked hundreds if not thousands of times to design a custom make wedding band.  Blender 2.8 makes this pretty easy, and within a hours time, you can completely design a custom band for any engagement ring.

If you are not a jeweler, but just want to learn how to make a custom wedding band, then you’re in the right place.  Blender 2.8x is free software and all the add-ons we use here are also free.  A little time and effort spend, and you’ll be on your way making your own wedding band too.

Check out how to make a custom Engagement Ring!

When we’re done, we can move on to 3d printing our band, and if we’re happy, and the customer is happy, get it cast!

Watch the Video Here!

Add the following features to follow along

If you have been learning along with this site, then no doubt you are already set up, but just in case, you’ll need to get some add-ons and blender installed on to your computer.

All the software we use here is free for you to use for any purpose.  

I’ve already created a video and some articles to get you started on installing blender and adding these add-ons you’ll need.  

Click here, to check out the process of installing and setting up your computer.

You will also need to set up your computer to work in millimeters.  It is important to design in the correct scale so that you can have your designs 3d printed the correct size.

Check out how to set up blender to work with metric system in millimeters.

Take your time, and be precise!

For those of you that have experience, you will be amazed that this ring only took me about 25 minutes.  If it were a customer’s ring, I would have spent a lot more time on it, as much as an hour.

Take your time when drawing out the design.  It is important that you get it right so that it will look good in the end.

Of course, designing jewelry on a computer gives you quite a bit of advantages, because you can make as many styles you want, and make changes to them as you move along.

When you’re done, and you have the item cast, there is always going to be those final touches in post production and post casting.  This is where you obviously get to spend the time on the finished workmanship and make it look perfect.

Be patient, and don’t get frustrated.  If you think there is a better way to do this, please share with everyone.  There are many ways to skin a cat!  As they say!

Ready for 3d Printing

Getting your model designed and ready for 3d printing is an important part of the process.  I love 3d printing, especially the prototypes of the jewelry that I design for my customers.

I can print many different versions of a ring for a customer, and the cost is negligible.  When my customers sit down with me, they get to choose the best one they like, and then I can move on and make any final changes, 3d print the item in castable resin, and have the ring or other item cast in what ever metal the customer wants!

Setting the stones, polishing and deliverying the ring is the most satisfying part of my job, and you’ll enjoy it too!

Closing Thoughts!

I know what many jewelers will often say.  There are so many styles to choose from from supply catalogs, that you don’t have to waste your time designing a custom piece.  However, I don’t know that I’ve every ordered a generic custom wrap for a wedding band for a customer, that didn’t need some kind of modification.  

Some times the modifications turn out well, and some times that don’t.  That is why I like to work with Blender to design the custom items for my customers.  They appreciate the fact that they have one-of-a-kind items also.

The benefit is that, I also make a little extra money now and then, and thats the bonus I like to look forward to.

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