What is it?

3D Artisans is a toolbar for jewelry CAD. It is distributed free of charge for two types of users:

  • For standard Rhino users. It is installed and deployed as a new toolbar for Rhino. It only works from version 7 of Rhino, under Windows operating system.
  • For parametric CAD users. It is installed as a plugin for Grasshopper, which in turn is a plugin for performing parametric CAD in Rhino. In this case, 3D Artisans consists of a set of cluster-type components.

It should be noted that both modalities require the Grasshopper plugin to work, however, the standard user executes the 3D Artisans tools with the Grasshopper plugin in hidden mode, a function only available from Rhino 7. Because of operating in hidden mode, the standard user does not require knowledge of Grasshopper.

3D Artisans is currently in the first phase of development, it contains few tools. However, it is distributed free of charge in its first steps of development among the jewelry CAD community in order to test and optimize its usefulness.


What tools does it include?

Gem cutting tools

This is a powerful set of tools to make complex gem designs, not available in commercial (and expensive!) plugins, you can enjoy for free.

Brilliant cut. It creates brilliant cuts from a curve that represents the section of the girdle of the gem. It generates rounded, oval, pear, marquise, or cushion profiles, with the particularity that it not only generates from mathematically ideal profiles but also from irregular profiles: deformed rounded, bowtie oval, elongated pear, asymmetrical marquise, etc. More information here.

Emerald cut. It creates emerald, princess, or baguette cuts from a curve that represents the section of the girdle. It generates gem cuts with regular and irregular girdle shapes. It allows setting the size of the table and setting the size and position of a pointed or edged culet.

Gem Girdle: It extracts the girdle section of a mesh or polysurface gem. It also extracts the centroid from the girdle.

Girdle Curve Generator. Create girdle curves of non-ideal gem cuts, in addition to ideal ones. It generates irregular curves such as deformed rounds, boxy ovals or the transition to cushion cuts, flat or elongated pears, asymmetric marquises, or tapered baguettes. It also creates emerald cuts allowing to define the angle and length of the chamfers. This tool can be linked to Brilliant Cut or Emerald Cut to create irregular gem cuts.

Gems Map. Set multiple gems and extract the 2D map, material, cut, and dimensions. It also shows a data table with the quantity, material, cut, XYZ dimensions of each gem. The equal gems are grouped with a color code.

Transform tools

This set of tools are very simple. They just make faster some routinary operations. You could find some of these tools in commercial jewelry plugins, but 3D Artisans offers a version for free.

Move to Center. Move geometries to the origin of the axis.

Vertical Mirror. Create a mirror copy of any geometry with respect to the vertical plane of the view.

Horizontal MirrorCreate a mirror copy of any geometry with respect to the horizontal plane of the view.

Vertical and Horizontal Mirror. Create three-mirror copies of any geometry with respect to the vertical and horizontal plane of the view.

Rotate 180. Create a copy by rotating 180 degrees from the origin of the axis.

Vertical Plane Split. Split with respect to the vertical plane.

Horizontal Plane Split. Split with respect to the horizontal plane.

Workbench tools

Finger Gauge. Create a circle from the finger size expressed in British, EU, or USA units.


What are the installation requirements?

For standard Rhino users. From Rhino 7 with Windows operating system. For all 3D Artisans tools to work, Human UI must also be installed, which is a free plugin that is downloaded as described below.

For parametric CAD users. It works under Windows operating system, with any version of Rhino. From version 6, Rhino already incorporates the Grasshopper plugin by default, it is not necessary to install it. Grasshopper is displayed with the corresponding button located on the Standard toolbar, or also from the Tools menu, Grasshopper option. If you have previous versions of Rhino, Grasshopper can be downloaded and installed for free from this link:



Where do you download 3D Artisans?

For standard Rhino users:

For parametric CAD users:

The 3D Artisans license allows you to commercialize the projects generated with this tool, but not to commercialize the tool.

Creative Commons License
3D Artisans by Carlos Serra is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at www.3dartisans.com/downloads/3Dartisans.zip.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.3dartisans.com/index.php/en/products/3d-artisans-plugin.

How to setup 3D Artisans?

For standard Rhino users:

  1. Run the Human UI installation file, huiinstall_1.msi
  2. Run the 3DartisansSetup.exe installation file.
  3. Open the 3D Artisans folder with Windows Explorer. If the default installation has been completed, you will find the 3D Artisans folder in the Program Files directory.
  4. Run Rhino 7.
  5. Find the 3DArtisans.rui file In the 3D Artisans folder and drag it onto the Rhino drawing canvas (any view). The toolbar will install automatically.

For parametric CAD users:

  1. Unzip the 3Dartisans.zip file. Copy the unzipped 3D Artisans folder to save it to the Clipboard and paste it later.
  2. Start Rhino and run Grasshopper from the Tools / Grasshopper menu.
  3. At the Grasshopper window, from the File menu, select Special Folders / User Object Folders.
  4. Paste the 3D Artisans folder into User Object Folders.
  5. Close Grasshopper, close Rhino, and restart them. When you display Grasshopper, the 3D Artisans tab will appear on your toolbar, with its tools included.