If CAD design development for jewelry is what you're looking for, not only do we have the technical skills to handle your job, but we pride ourselves in our communication tools. Over the years of developing designs in CAD, we've realized the necesity for relevant management and communication tools to handle all the information, images, due-dates, history and details involved in developing designs.
We also developed (and continue to develop) an industry-leading Order Wizard (click "Place Orders") that helps customers prepare and plan their projects. A successful and inexpensive project starts with a good plan! With many projects having fast timelines, the Order wizard is essential to gathering information necessary to begin work or provide an estimate, and or online project collaboration tool helps us organize the work flow and time lines, ensuring that your job is done correctly and on time.
We've searched relentlessly for a solution over the years, and wound up developing our own, because there was nothing out there. We've also found that most jewelry stores don't even have an internal order form! The industry has changed so fast with CAD/CAM, that there were really no "canned" business systems to manage orders as a service bureau; not without alot of rigging and manual entry. Using email is the beginning of communication problems...and worse yet, fax machines (we don't have a fax number!)
Our goal is reliability. You don't want the headache, and believe me, neither do we!
With the economy slowing, people are getting more resourceful and we're getting more requests to cast scrap platinum. Retail customers are even going into jewelry stores requesting (and even insisting) that their custom jewelry be made with their own metal.
Before we go into the pros and cons as to whether this is a good idea or not, let's address the most important factor:
Is there enough metal to cast?
In our platinum casting process, we've found that there's a "threshold" for the minimum amount of metal needed to cast: not less than one ounce (31.1g). Casting successfully requires that there be enough energy in the casting system to keep the metal from freezing before the mold is filled, and since platinum freezes extreemly fast, messing around isn't worth it (inotherwords, you're welcome to hire us to prove what's already been proved if you like to gamble and lose!). If you have the minumum amount of scrap platinum for casting, then keep reading...