Rhino Jewellery CAD: Beginners

Learn to use Rhino CAD software for jewellery design and manufacturing. Suited for both current and aspiring jewellers who want to boost their 3D design skills by getting to grips with CAD software, BAJ’s six-week Rhino Jewellery CAD: Beginners course will teach you how to model and render jewellery designs using Rhino 3D, a NURBS modelling programme especially conceived for fine jewellery.

Additional information




6 sessions


14:00 – 17:00

Next Date

Coming soon




Course description

Starting with an introduction to the Rhino Interface and basic model building, the course covers a range of fundamental skills, from creating and manipulating shapes to rendering and constructing 3D designs of specific jewellery pieces – such as band rings, solitaire rings and eternity bands – and preparing them for 3D printing. As part of this process, you will also study jewellery-making tolerances in order to be able to produce objects that are suitable for 3D printing and jewellery casting. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a BAJ certificate endorsed by McNeel, the maker of Rhino 3D, and will be well-positioned to develop your skills further through an intermediate course.

Entry requirements

Students should already be confident with using a computer (whether Mac or PC).

Students will need to ensure they have Rhino installed and running on their PC before they start. A 90-day demo of the software can be downloaded from Rhino3D.com.

Fees & funding


Does not include software.

No funding is available for short courses but as a student or alumni of the past 3 years, you may be entitled to a 10% discount. To find out if you are eligible, please enquire to speak with our recruitment team.

What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to model and render jewellery designs using Rhino 3D, a NURBS modelling CAD program specifically designed for fine jewellery. You will also gain confidence in applying your existing knowledge of jewellery-making tolerances to producing objects suitable for 3D printing and jewellery casting.

Part 1

  • Introductions and explanations of CAD and CAM
  • An overview of the Rhino interface
  • Building objects with curves, including Explode, Join, Rebuild, Split, Trim, Fillet and Offset
  • Organising models with Layers
  • Precision modelling with Snaps and Osnaps
  • Basic transformation commands, including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Mirror
  • Using the Extrude command


Part 2

  • Using the Profile Placer
  • Sweep1
  • Basic ring construction
  • Band rings
  • Solitaire rings
  • Booleans
  • Building stone settings
  • Revolve and rail revolve
  • Eternity bands
  • Preparing a file for 3D printing
  • Basic rendering methods


Part 3

  • Using the Loft command
  • Using the 2 Rail Sweep
  • Making a pinched shank
  • Review of strategies for building models
  • Breaking down shapes into simpler commands
  • Laying out pave
  • Basic tolerances for 3D printing and casting


Upon completion of this beginners’ course, students may consider our other Rhino short courses; Organic Jewellery CAD Sculpting with Rhino Subdivision Tools, and Modelling Signet Rings and Medallions in Jewellery CAD.

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