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Caligari 3D Modeling Software for Jewelry Designers

(August 27, 2001)
Caligari Corporation announced jewelSpace 1, a new version of its award-winning trueSpace 3D modeling and animation program, customized for the jewelry design market. The software provides an easy-to-use, flexible 3D interface that lets jewelry designers work in a natural way, directly manipulating their designs in real-time. Finished designs can be output in a wide variety of formats for delivery to customers, rapid prototyping and milling machines, and for display on the web. The output is photorealistic, to exact scale and specifications, and viewable from all angles, allowing for unmatched communication with goldsmiths, model makers, and customers.

"We're bringing 15 years of 3D experience to the jewelry design market," said Roman Ormandy, Caligari president. "jewelSpace's unique interface allows designers to directly manipulate 3D objects, ensuring that a designer's creativity isn't limited by the tools. You can literally 'reach into' your design workspace to build models and make changes, almost as if you were sculpting by hand. These designs can be easily shared with customers, even over the Web, then be approved, sent directly to a 3D printer, and within hours you have a wax prototype, ready for casting!"

Intended for all stages of the creative process, from conceptual design to output of physical prototype files, the software delivers advanced features including a full complement of NURBS-based modeling tools, physically realistic rendering, advanced surfacing features, and libraries of jewelry design elements that can be incorporated into designs. Support for industry standard IGES, SAT, and STL formats streamlines jewelSpace compatibility with traditional CAD/CAM applications, and with rapid prototyping machines, such as the SolidScape ModelMaster II.

The jewelSpace user interface is uncluttered and fully customizable. It allows for real-time direct manipulation in a full-screen workspace where designers can see a realistic image of the piece they're designing, and see their changes in real time. This approach allows far more creative freedom than other design tools which require jewelers to use numerical entries, cumbersome tool bars, and offer only mechanical wireframe modeling views.

Detailed 3D jewelSpace designs can be saved in a variety of file formats and be easily transmitted and reviewed by people in the jewelry making process, or by customers anywhere in the world. Designs can be shared as printed images, sent by email, or incorporated into animated video sales presentations. Also, for jewelers marketing their designs on the Internet, jewelSpace1 models can be easily output to the web in the popular Viewpoint and Macromedia Shockwave3D formats, and presented with added backgrounds and props. Web site visitors can then rotate, scale, and view photorealistic, detailed design concepts from every angle.

jewelSpace can export all major file formats used by CNC mills and rapid prototyping tools, to streamline the creation of physical models. jewelSpace support for STL format allows designers to send detailed computer models directly to 3D printers (stereolithographs) or service bureaus to create a perfectly proportioned and accurately scaled wax in a matter of hours.

The program's advanced 3D rendering and physically accurate lighting techniques provide highly realistic, accurately scaled models, with proper reflective and refractive properties. All jewelSpace measurements are precise and in jewelers' terms.

jewelSpace ships with an extensive collection of ready-to-use stones, settings, shanks, findings, and ornamental detail models, which can be easily dragged-and-dropped into the design workspace then combined, altered, scaled, and assembled into a finished piece. These elements are stored as thumbnails in integrated visual libraries, where jewelers can easily add their new designs for later use.

To help designers quickly become productive with the software, jewelSpace includes Caligari's "proTeam" package of additional services and content. Renewable on an annual basis, proTeam subscriptions include access to:

* Unlimited technical and customer support.

* Advanced online training courses and tutorials.

* Extensive online content libraries of jewelry models and design components.

* Industry standard IGES, SAT, STL, Shockwave3D and Viewpoint format output.

* An exclusive, moderated online forum where jewelry designers can exchange ideas and information.

* Automatic product upgrades.

JewelSpace1 requires a Pentium II CPU (Pentium III recommended), Windows 95/98/2000/NT, 64MB RAM, and 800MB of free hard disk space. For optimum performance, 128MB RAM and a 3D accelerator are recommended.

Based on Caligari's 9th-generation, award-winning 3D authoring technology, jewelSpace offers high-end modeling, rendering and animation power at one-third the price of competing solutions. The complete JewelSpace1 proTeam package, including jewelSpace software and all proTeam services, will be available in July directly from Caligari for $2000; annual proTeam renewal fees are $1200.

An optional, 3-day group classroom training session is also available for an additional fee. For more information contact Caligari by telephone at 800-351-7620 or 650-390-9600, or visit Caligari's web site at

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