I recently found a meetup group that is for women in 3D printing. My experience with tech and 3D printing groups have been really positive but often time the people I talked to were men who didn't know much about jewelry design. I met some cool 3D modeler girls at 3D talk Panel - Modeling & Scanning event last Thursday through this meetup. I am so happy that I have finally found the right people for giving me advice to start designing my jewelry in 3D modeling program. The following are what I have learned from this event.
1. Start modeling with simple & free 3D program like AutoDesk's Tinkercad.
According to Christina Chun, a 3D printing instructor, she recommended me to start with AutoDesk's Tinkercad. She said it's very simple and easy to start. The only thing is that you will have to use it on their site and you will need to have internet access. I just signed up and made my first shape. It's easier than I thought.
2. Use 3D Hubs to find nearby 3D printer service to print out your design.
I asked Christina once I finish my first draft where will I print it at cheapest possible way. She said I can use 3D Hubs to find people in my area who will print out my project for reasonable price. It's often cheaper than all the online printing service and you save on shipping fee.
3. Use Resin to print jewelry project.
Christina suggests that I can use resin to print out my jewelry project because it can pick up a lot of detail because it's harder than others. It can be casted in lost wax casting. Once I get the metal mockup, I can refine it before I make a mold for production. I can also print it out in metal from Shapeways, an online 3D printing service. I have seen samples before and it's too grainy. I will use Resin for now for all my projects.
4. Suggestion to get started.
Christina told me I have to just start regardless if my first design is pretty or not. By doing so, I will have a good idea how to improve it for the next one. The more I make, the better I will get. I am so excited about using 3D printing to design my future jewelry. Now the pressure is on.
Christina is a SF 3D Modeler. Here is her website: www.christinachun.com