3Design CAD for Beginners | BAJ

3Design CAD for Beginners


•  Learn to use 3DESIGN CAD software for parametric jewellery CAD modelling to visualise and easily rework your designs, create photorealistic renders, and produce models for 3D printing.

• Study under some of the most skilled and experienced CAD trainers in the UK, such as Jack Meyer.

• Gain a 3DESIGN developer-certified qualification

Tiffany solitaire ring in 3Design CAD
Course Content
Course Content

Our 4 day intensive beginner’s course is designed to provide you with an efficient introduction to 3DESIGN, a fine jewellery parametric CAD software package. This unique solid modelling software allows users to create adaptable 3D models of jewellery designs which can be used for 3D printing and manufacturing.

By the end of the course, you will be able to model and render jewellery designs in 3D CAD, and take advantage of 3DESIGN’s powerful and flexible Parametric History Tree to quickly and dramatically modify and rework existing models. You will also gain confidence in applying your existing knowledge of jewellery making tolerances to producing objects suitable for 3D printing and jewellery casting.

Unit 1: The 3Design Interface and The Parametric History Tree

  • Interface walkthrough of menus and controls
  • Working with Axes and Basic Planes (OXY, OXZ, OYZ)
  • Building and deforming Primitive Solids
  • Using the Parametric History Tree to Edit Objects
  • Setting Materials
  • Booleans
  • Basic Ring Construction, including Sweeping Wizard
  • Open vs. Closed Shanks
  • Setting Stones and Pearls on a Ring
  • Reference objects from History Tree
  • Basic Rendering

Unit 2: Parametric Solid Modelling Strategies

  • Sketch Mode vs. Part Mode
  • Working with Vector Lines
  • Using Sweeps, including
  • Building Your own Rail and Cross-Sections
  • Repairing Bad Sweeps
  • Scale to Height
  • Building a 3-Stone Ring
  • Building Eternity Bands
  • Placing Text on a Surface

Unit 3: Stone Setting Tools in 3Design

  • Extruding Shapes
  • Using Scanned Images
  • Creating 3-Way Diagrams from Scanned Images
  • Building More Complex Ring Shapes
  • Using Tapered Extrude
  • Using Revolve
  • Using Circular Duplication

Unit 4: Modelling Strategies for Other Types of Jewellery

  • Making Signet Rings
  • Using Loft
  • Making Perfect Domed Shapes
  • Hollowing Out Shapes
  • Applying and Manipulating Pave on a Surface
  • Making Chains

British Academy of Jewellery Certificate in Beginner Level 3Design CAD (developer certified by Gravotech)

Entry Criteria

Due to the professional focus of this course, we assume all students enter the course with at least a basic working knowledge of jewellery design and manufacture. We also assume students are comfortable with managing files on PCs or Macs.

Specifically, all students need:

  • Some basic experience with orthographic jewellery design drawing.
  • Basic bench jewellery making skills in either metal and/or wax. (Student could also be enroled in a jewellery manufacturing course concurrently with this CAD course.)
  • Some basic PC file management and software skills, such as being able to easily create and manage multiple folders in Windows, sending e-mails with attachments, and being able to use Copy and Paste in Microsoft Word.


Hatton Garden, London


Jack Meyer

Course Length
4 days


Upon completion of this course and approximately 4-6 weeks of steady practice, there are several additional classes and masterclasses which would be hugely beneficial to you:

• A masterclass in Intermediate 3DESIGN would offer additional insights into the more advanced functionality and work processes of 3DESIGN, such as working with complex surface construction and inlay
• A masterclass in 3SHAPER would explore using the subdivision modelling tool for controlling organic shapes and free-form sculpture.
• Alternatively, the more you know about jewellery manufacturing, the better a CAD designer you will become. BAJ offers a variety of short jewellery courses covering a broad range of general as well as specialist jewellery trade skills.

The British Academy of Jewellery offers a diverse range of specialist intensive courses to help individuals develop their jewellery knowledge and skill set in areas such as CAD, gemstone studies and technical drawing.

If you are considering a professional career in jewellery-making, we recommend our Jewellery Diploma Programme, which will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to design, make and sell jewellery.

If you are unsure which course is right for you, BAJ offer guidance on jewellery career pathways, and will be able to support you in making the next steps. Contact our Student Support Services to find out how we can help you in the search for the right career.

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Course scheduled 15 Apr – 6 May 2020 (4 Wednesdays)

Call 020 7405 0197 to book your place!

For more information contact admissions.

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5 St Cross St,
Hatton Garden,
London EC1 8UA

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