December 12, 2001
Polygon Adds CAD/CAM Services
Polygon.net and Digital Jeweler have teamed up to offer Polygon members Digital Jeweler's online CAD/CAM jewelry design and manufacturing capabilities. CAD/CAM, or computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, is being adopted by more jewelers and manufacturers as new systems and better technology are developed.
The free, user-friendly CAD/CAM technology allows Polygon jeweler/members to complete a total, customized jewelry sale using online resources. Members can buy diamonds or other gems through Polygon's network and use Digital Jeweler technology to place them in a design chosen from Digital Jeweler's library of designs.
If a customer wants to customize the chosen design by adding differently sized or shaped gems, for example, jewelers can use Digital Jeweler's program to make the changes. No technical CAD or goldsmithing experience is necessary, since Digital Jeweler's designs are engineered by a goldsmith so wall thickness, prong length, prong placement and side-stone angles, for example, are properly configured. Jewelers can also let customers choose the metal used and finger size. Simple drop-down menus allow jewelers to access the service without the complex training often required with other CAD systems.
Polygon member/jewelers can show the completed model to customers through Digital Jeweler's 3-D viewing system, including a model in the round that can be spun around on the screen. When a customer is satisfied a design is perfect, it can be saved in a file for viewing at a later date.
When it's time for ordering, the Digital Jeweler system features real-time pricing based on the model chosen, which is then seamlessly applied to the jeweler's pre-entered hidden markup. The customer only sees the retail price. The electronic file of the ring is sent to Digital Jeweler, where it is entered into a CAM machine and built into a castable model. The finished mounting is delivered in 8-10 days.
For more information, go to www.polygon.net or www.DigitalJeweler.net.
by Peggy Jo Donahue