This Piece Is a Beast

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Casters identify the issues with CAD models that keep them up at night, and offer solutions that won’t give designers nightmares

By Shawna Kulpa

Computer-aided design (CAD) has revolutionized the way jewelry is made these days. No longer do jewelers have to spend hours carving a wax for casting (and then potentially hours more re-carving in the event of a casting failure). Now jewelers can simply fire up their computers and, in fairly short time, produce a design that can then be printed or milled for casting.