Rhino Jewellery CAD for Beginners | BAJ

Rhino Jewellery CAD for Beginners


• Learn the basics of Rhino CAD software specifically for visualizing jewellery designs and producing models for 3D printing.

• Study under the guidance of some of the UK jewellery industry’s most seasoned CAD instructors.

• Gain a McNeel Rhino developer-certified qualification.

Princess Claw Setting in Rhino
Course Content
Course Content

Our 3 day intensive beginner’s course provides an efficient introduction to the world of CAD Design for working jewellers. During this short course, you will learn essential techniques and strategies for jewellery-specific CAD modelling using Rhino 3D, a popular, highly flexible and cost-effective CAD software solution for product design.

By the end of this course, you will have gained a solid foundation of core basic modelling tools for creating jewellery in Rhino CAD, increased confidence in applying your existing knowledge of jewellery making to your newly established design skills and tolerances for producing objects suitable for 3D printing and jewellery casting.

Unit 1: Introduction to Rhino CAD

  • Introduction/ Explanation of CAD and CAM
  • A basic walkthrough of the Rhino interface, including good practice
  • Organizing models with Layers
  • Precision modelling with Snaps and Osnaps
  • Building objects with curves, including
    • Explode, Join, Rebuild, Split, Trim, Fillet and Offset
  • Basic transformation commands, including
    • Move, Rotate, Scale, and Mirror

Unit 2: Strategies of Solid Modelling

  • Basic Ring Construction
    • Band Rings
    • Solitaire Rings
    • Eternity Bands
  • Basics of Solid modelling, including
    • Booleans
    • 6 main strategies for building solids based on curves. (the “The Big 6”)
  • Creating Gemstones
  • Using precision values and measurements in modelling
  • Preparing a file for Rapid Prototyping
  • Basic Tolerances for Rapid Prototyping
  • The Loft Command

Unit 3: Basic Jewellery Form Construction in CAD

  • Building your own claw settings
    • Rex Setting
    • Prong Setting
    • Square Setting
    • Rex Setting
  • Building more complex rings
  • Introduction to Surface Modelling, including closing open surfaces
  • Universal Deformation Tools (UDT) and their application
  • Basic Hollowing out methods
  • Building a Bombe Ring
  • Pave Stones and Bead Settings on a Surface

British Academy of Jewellery Certificate in Beginner Level Rhino CAD (developer certified by McNeel to be the equivalent of their Certified Rhino Level 1 Training)

Entry requirements:

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.

Who should take this course?

  • Working professionals in the jewellery or related industries
  • Current students in jewellery related courses


Hatton Garden, London


Jack Meyer, Stephen Barnett, or Marina Skia

Course Length
3 days


Upon completion of this course and approximately 4-6 weeks of steady practice in your own time, there are several additional classes and masterclasses which would be greatly beneficial to you.

Rhino CAD Intermediate would allow you to progress onto the next level of skill with Rhino CAD software, bringing in more advance surface editing techniques and the basics of sculpture.
Adobe Illustrator for Jewellery Design makes for an excellent secondary program, giving Rhino users a superior method for designing and controlling drawings and logos created using vector graphics. This short course would provide complimentary 2D tools to go with their 3D tool set.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in T-Splines for Rhino would explore using the subdivision modelling tool for controlling organic shapes and freeform sculpture.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in V-Ray Rendering For Rhino would give students a grounding in essential rendering techniques for making photorealistic renders of their 3D models.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in Z-Brush will give students an extra piece of software with which they can apply texture and more sculptural modelling practices to their existing 3D models.

The British Academy of Jewellery also offers a diverse range of specialist intensive courses to help individuals develop their jewellery knowledge and skillset 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 what 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 support in helping you in finding the right career.

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Two courses are scheduled:

16-18 December 2019, and 24-26 February 2020.

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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