ArtCAM JewelSmith: A Powerful Tool for Relief Modelling and CNC Milling
ArtCAM JewelSmith was a software product that allowed users to create stunning 3D reliefs and sculptures for jewellery, medallions, coins, and other applications. It was developed by DelCAM, a company that specialized in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for various industries. ArtCAM JewelSmith was part of the ArtCAM family of products, which also included ArtCAM Pro, ArtCAM Express, and ArtCAM Insignia.
ArtCAM JewelSmith had many features that made it a powerful and versatile tool for relief modelling and CNC milling. Some of these features were:
Free Relief Modelling: This feature allowed users to freely manipulate individual or grouped relief artwork even after it had been pasted down on the 3D model. Users could move, rotate, scale, distort, smooth, blend, and sculpt the reliefs without losing any detail or quality.
Texture Flow: This feature enabled users to create organic textures such as hair, feathers, scales, and more with ArtCAM's patent-pending technology. Users could draw a vector path and apply a texture along it, adjusting the parameters such as density, direction, variation, and distortion.
Vector Tools: ArtCAM JewelSmith had a comprehensive set of vector tools that allowed users to create and edit 2D shapes and curves. Users could import vector files from other software or draw them directly in ArtCAM. Users could also use the vector tools to create text, logos, patterns, borders, and more.
Bitmap Tools: ArtCAM JewelSmith also had a range of bitmap tools that enabled users to import and edit images in various formats. Users could use the bitmap tools to create reliefs from images, apply filters and effects, adjust colors and contrast, and more.
CNC Machining: ArtCAM JewelSmith had a built-in CAM module that allowed users to generate toolpaths for CNC milling machines. Users could choose from different machining strategies such as roughing, finishing, drilling, engraving, and more. Users could also preview and simulate the toolpaths before sending them to the machine.
ArtCAM JewelSmith was widely used by jewellery designers, sculptors, engravers, coin makers, and hobbyists who wanted to create unique and artistic pieces with 3D relief modelling and CNC milling. It was praised for its ease of use, flexibility, and quality of output.
However, in 2014, DelCAM was acquired by Autodesk, a giant technology company that produces software for various fields such as architecture, engineering, construction, media, entertainment, and more. As a result of this acquisition, ArtCAM JewelSmith was discontinued in 2017 along with the other ArtCAM products.
Fortunately, the software for ArtCAM JewelSmith is still alive and well under a new name: CarveCo. The original team of ArtCAM developers made an agreement with Autodesk to continue developing and selling their code. They were not allowed to keep the ArtCAM name though. CarveCo is essentially the same as ArtCAM JewelSmith with some minor changes due to ongoing development.
CarveCo is available in three different variants: Free (for hobbyists), Maker (for small businesses), and Maker Plus (for advanced users). CarveCo offers the same features as ArtCAM JewelSmith such as free relief modelling, texture flow, vector tools, bitmap tools, and CNC machining. CarveCo also has some new features such as cloud storage integration, online support portal, online learning resources, etc.
CarveCo is compatible with Windows 7 or later operating systems. It can import and export files in various formats such as DXF, DWG, EPS, AI, SVG, etc. It can also work with CNC machines from different manufacturers such as Roland DG, ShopBot, AXYZ, etc.
CarveCo is a worthy successor to ArtCAM JewelSmith. It is a powerful tool for relief modelling and CNC milling that can help users create stunning 3D reliefs and sculptures for jewellery, medallions, coins, and other applications. Users who are interested in CarveCo can visit their website for more information.
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