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The benefits of well-considered curves in CAD

By Charlie Herner

Well-considered curves in a jewelry piece are not only important for aesthetic reasons but also practical aspects of manufacture. Curve continuity, which is key to guiding the viewer’s eye as he or she looks at a piece, can be one of the most overlooked design concepts in CAD modeling. With a well-proportioned and smooth curve, you arrive at the focal destination of the piece faster than you do with an unsmooth curve (see below). The following examples illustrate how well-considered curves can benefit a design in three key areas.