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Finally! a CAD program designed for the jeweler's mindset, where technology, common sense and a hands on learning environment allows students to go beyond cookie cutter designs and push button solutions. We teach cutting edge software like Rhino  3D and ZBrush in the dynamic learning environment that NASJ is known for.  

 We offer a wide variety of classes to fit your needs. You can find the New Approach CAD Academy schedule listed below.

A Special Message from Blaine Lewis 

“All too often, CAD designers don’t know how to make jewelery. It’s been a huge problem in our industry but we are here to fix that and provide you with an educational experience that is second to none. We look forward to seeing you in the future and helping you with you career.”


Fundamental Rhino

This is a 1 week course that explores the basic Rhino 3D toolset needed to begin modeling jewelry in 3D. No prerequisite.

Learn key NURBS curve and surface creation tools as well as Boolean operations, simple rendering techniques, and exporting production ready mesh models.

Schedule: 

  • January 23 - 27, 2023

Tuition: $1,400

 

Essential Rhino

This is a 2 week intensive course that covers the crucial Rhino 3D toolsets and principles needed to begin modeling well-constructed jewelry in 3D. No prerequisite.

Learn to create superior curves and surfaces with sound curvature continuity methods while exploring most NURBS surface creation tools, Boolean operations, and the new SubD toolset.  We also cover rendering techniques, workspace customization, import/exporting of mesh files, basic 3D printing, and an introduction to ZBrush.

Schedule:

  • February 20 - March 3, 2023

Tuition: $2,800

 

Essential Grasshopper

This is a 2 week course that teaches the fundamental Grasshopper components and principles needed to create parametric CAD models for the jewelry Industry. Intermediate Rhino 3D skills are a prerequisite.

Learn to model more efficiently with a non-linear approach found only with parametric modeling. Interactively change ring sizes, profile widths and profile shapes, stones sizes and stone count. Learn to create more complex designs (including Pave) that would be much harder to accomplish in Rhino 3D alone.

Schedule:

  • March 6 - March 17, 2023

Tuition: $2,800

 

Fundamental ZBrush

This is a 1 week course that explores the vast ZBrush interface and introduces its unique approach to modeling. No prerequisite.

Learn to manipulate and digitally sculpt on your jewelry models as if it were clay. Make your digital jewelry stand out by giving them a unique "hand-made" look.

Schedule:

  •  January 30 - February 3, 2023

Tuition: $1,400

Essential ZBrush

This is a 1 week course that explores the principles needed to create organic and sculpted custom models for the jewelry industry. Prerequisite: Fundamental ZBrush is required and should be taken the week prior. 

Learn ideal mesh modeling techniques using a multitude of brushes and masks to sculpt intricate designs onto your jewelry. We also cover when/how to use ZBrush as a companion to other 3D software (like Rhino 3D) to take your designs to the next level. Finally, learn to avoid common design and production disasters by using ZBrush’s powerful plug-ins to repair bad mesh topology.

Schedule:

  • February 6 - 10, 2023

Tuition: $2,800

 

Advanced Rendering

This is a 1 week course that explores the process of rendering both inside and outside of Rhino 3D. Basic Rhino 3D skills are a prerequisite.

Use a photo-realistic approach to make your jewelry designs stand out with your clients and in your social media posts. Learn to apply physically based rendering materials to your models. Explore scene creation, lighting and camera techniques, filters, environment maps, photo compositing, UV mapping, and procedural vs. image-based textures.

Schedule:

  • March 20 - March 24, 2023

Tuition: $1,400

 

Dynamic CAD

This is an 8 week course that teaches the Rhino 3D toolsets and principles needed to create well-constructed CAD models for the jewelry industry. No prerequisite.

Learn NURBS, SubD, Mesh, and Parametric modeling techniques all while producing a multitude of jewelry models and refining your CAD skills. Learn Grasshopper, ZBrush, and other third-party programs giving you a better hybrid approach to modeling.  We also cover advanced rendering techniques, 3D printing, pattern designing, and production standards.

Schedule: 

  • April 3 - May26, 2023

Tuition: $10,400 plus Lab Fee (TBD)

 

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 Instructors:

Christopher Mendola