Today we are talking with Scott Denton, New York designer who 3D modeled Dan Ko’s custom engagement ring.

Can you tell us a little bit about when you got started 3D modeling, and how you evolved into the maker you are today?

I’ve always been fond of creating things since as long as I can remember, from drawing to sculpting to tinkering, whatever it may be. I finally got started in modeling when I went to school at Fullsail Universtiy in Orlando, Florida. I had originally wanted to concentrate in lighting but found during the process of making my reel at school I enjoyed creating the elements more that made up the scenes that made up my reel of work, and thus have been obsessed with it ever since.

How did it feel when Dan reached out to you to create his engagement ring? Had you ever worked on an intimate project like this before?

It felt awesome that someone wanted to intrust me with with such an intimate display of love, and I got to help with the design, and they had faith in my creativity. I had not worked on something that intimate before.

What was different about this project versus other projects you’ve worked on in the past?

It was different in that it was the first time I had to design around a stone, before the only constraint I really had were the size of a finger.

What were some of the highlight of this project for you? What were some of the the best moments? Was there anything challenging?

It was just a fun project, I had kinda stayed with Dan’s guidelines to begin with and one day while I was waiting for him to get back to me I began started sketching and iterating on his ideas. What I came up with during that sketching session up with was pretty cool and when I showed Dan, he loved it and that eventually is what became the ring.

Engagement Ring Render

What materials did you print in first? Frosted detail plastic, it’s the highest detail material (at the time) so it was a good choice for ring prototypes. We realized on that first prototype that we needed to embellish the details a little bit also.

Eventually, when we got it right in Frosted Detail, we ordered a sample in sterling silver. Once we were happy with that Dan made the order in platinum.

3D printed prototypes of Jen's engagement ringPrototypes of the engagement ring in our Frosted Detail Plastic

How did you know that the ring would fit? Careful Measuring. I have a chart and I use Meshmixer to basically check the Diameter is correct. We also ordered in FUD first to make sure the dimensions were accurate.

What was the iteration process like? For me it was mostly in 3D. I feel at this point I have a pretty good understanding of what I can and can’t get away with in 3D before it becomes a real product with 3D printing.

Can you tell us about some of your biggest learning moments and take aways from this project?
Just having a clear vision of what a customer wants. Dan is a great client – I hope I have more clients that are as easy to work with as Dan was.

Do you have any advice for other designers that are looking to make engagement rings?
Make sure you know how to size the ring to the stones correctly, have a very long conversation about what the customer wants so you can help concept there vision correctly.

Scott also recommends collecting lots of photos from your client initially, so you can get a really good idea of what they are looking for before you start making.