Mastering V-Ring Parametric Design: A Quick & Easy Tutorial with CrossGems
November 10, 20232 min read
This tutorial, brought to you by CrossGems, will guide you through the process of designing a versatile ring that can be effortlessly modified in terms of size, profile, and more.
Creating the Framework:
Step 1: Setting the Foundation
To kick things off, open the Rings panel and create a ring rail. Select the default size (let's say, size seven) and confirm. Now, select the ring and initiate the planify command to generate a flat curve based on the selected curve's length.
Step 2: Building the Structure
Proceed by creating a mirrored curve for the top view. Blend the curves, adjust positions, and ensure a straight line connects key points. Mirror the curves vertically, join them, and restore individual curves for easy modification.
Designing with Auto Sweep:
Step 3: Understanding Auto Sweep
In the perspective view, understand the dynamics of making a sweep on a curve. Auto Blend Curves, mirroring, and linking curves are crucial steps in creating a seamless ring structure.
Step 4: Managing Profile Placer
Check the Profile Placer and its reference to the curve direction. Learn how to adapt profiles to ensure a uniform sweep throughout the curve, avoiding distortions.
Step 5: Achieving Parametric Freedom
Explore the freedom BricsCAD V24 provides in terms of information storage. Understand the automatic classification feature and the option to start with known materials or focus solely on geometry.
Perfecting the Ring:
Step 6: Adding Gems and Cutters
Learn how to add gems manually, position them accurately, and create gem cutters. Use channel cutters to subtract unwanted portions and enhance the overall design.
Step 7: Introducing Prongs Discover how to add prongs, modify sizes, and rotate them for a customized appearance. The Gumball tool proves handy for precise adjustments.I
Step 8: Creating Variations
Explore two options for creating variations. Either offset the ring or recreate curves, profiles, and sweeps for a fresh design. Understand the importance of unlinking flows for static objects.
Step 9: Enjoying Parametric Freedom
Witness the power of parametric design as you modify the ring's size seamlessly. Understand that adjusting sizes may take time, but the flexibility is worth it.
Step 10: Exploring Creative Freedom
As a bonus, experiment with various sizes and styles. Reposition gems and modify profiles to achieve unique and personalized designs.