Computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD and CAM) processes are revolutionising jewellery today. Freelance designers can produce one-of-a-kind jewellery at a fraction of the cost and jewellery manufacturers can increase production time and quality well beyond what was possible using traditional hand crafting.

Jump-start your experience with CAD using industry-leading CAD software by Gemvision: Matrix 9 together with software skills, learn useful sizes, shapes and measurements and gain substantial experience designing jewellery to specifications and rendering stunning, photorealistic images of your designs.

Course outline

This course begins with an introduction to the latest technologies in jewellery prototyping including equipment, techniques and services. Learn to produce jewellery design files ready for manufacture and how best to use service bureaus to cost-effectively manufacture accurate, stunning jewellery. As the final course in the FJD programme, you will sketch, design, model, render and produce your final project.

  • 1. Additional tools

    1. Additional tools

    Learn new tools for building components or entire pieces of jewellery. Identify sources for further growth.

  • 2. Preparing models for rapid prototyping

    2. Preparing models for rapid prototyping

    Steps needed to convert working models with multiple objects into a solid object ready for rapid prototyping are covered together with common pitfalls and challenges. Local and international service bureaus are introduced.

  • 3. Introduction to CAD and CAM

    3. Introduction to CAD and CAM

    Learn CAM methods used for jewellery including milling, multi-jet modelling, and stereolithography. Production methods such as vacuum casting are also discussed to clarify the process for production of designs from CAD.

  • 4. Pavé settings

    4. Pavé settings

    Discover ways to space gemstones on the surface of your designs in standard pavé patterns and unusual styles. Work with large quantities of gemstones to build shared prong arrangements and neat pilot holes or azures.

  • 5. Customising and repeating shapes, advanced courses

    5. Customising and repeating shapes, advanced courses

    Build both symmetrical and asymmetrical component based jewellery quickly and efficiently. Create advanced curved in 3 dimensions and use these gemstone placement and setting tools to achieve to unusual effect.

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  • Tools and materials

    Tools and materials

    Uniquely, JDMIS has all of its CAD Lab configured for remote access - students are given login-credentials to allow them to remotely operate JDMIS' sophisticated equipment and specialised software throughout the duration of their training and project work..

    For those that want to install their own software for use off-line, JDMIS works with GemVision to obtain affordable student-licences of this professional software. Industry users ready to adopt these new tools can also avail of volume discounts afforded JDMIS students from regional software and equipment resellers.

  • Learning path

    Learning path


    This course offers a design experience. At the end of the workshop, participants will have designed their own jewellery.

    Pre-requirements: JD200

    Next Step: JD100

  • Duration


    40 hours

    7 weeks (1 day/week), or
    14 weeks (1 half-day/week)

    JDMIS runs week-day, weekend and weeknight courses for this popular course. JDMIS also has flexible make-up schedules and graduates can return without cost for refresher courses (subject to availability).

  • Course fee

    Course fee

    SGD 2,588

    inclusive of GST
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