Recommendation for CAD and image rendering software

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kinzlke, May 7, 2013.

  1. kinzlke
    kinzlke New Member
    Does anyone have any suggestions for beginning software for designing jewelry that will also render decent 3D images? Free or cheap and easy to learn would be best. Blender? Google Sketch??? Blender has all the bells and whistles but its ability to animate seems to make the environment more complicated than necessary.
  2. denali3ddesign
    denali3ddesign New Member
    Blender would be better for jewelry. Sketchup is more suited for architectural/mechanical models.
  3. kinzlke
    kinzlke New Member
    Many thanks, your reply confirmed my suspicion that it would be worth the time to learn Blender. I
  4. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    If I had to do it all over again it would be Blender. However the steep learning curve keeps me away from it when I have software that will already do (for my needs) anything that Blender can do. As I recall you can "switch off" components you will not use, such as animation, but I could be wrong there.

  5. kinzlke
    kinzlke New Member

    Thanks for your advice. I also checked out your web site and was impressed by your work.
  6. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    Thank you, and good luck with Blender. It is an incredible piece of software and my hats off to everyone that has helped develop it over the years. If you haven't seen any I would suggest searching out animations made with Blender on their site and on YouTube...