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Jewellery Design using Zbrush

Jewellery Design using Zbrush

Do you think with the help of software, everyone can design jewellery? Or the traditional methods where designer will sketch on 2D for the craftsman to handmade the jewellery?

Today we have many 3D design software in the market, making it easier for everyone to design their jewellery and making use of 3D printing to produce their design.

In this article, we are going to share with you how to design a 3D Ring using Zbrush and send for 3D printing.

ZBrush is digital sculpting software that enables you to use customizable brush to shape, texture and paint virtual clay. ZBrush has been widely used for creating highly details models such as characters, animals, flowers, vehicles that require high-resolution for games, models, animation and 3D print. It is also dominated as the best digital clay sculpting.

For this project you’ll need the following:

  1. Laptop & Computer
  2. Zbrush Software
  3. Pen Tablet – we are using Wacom for this tutorial


Let’s start your design journey.

1. Open Zbrush

2. Open the project

This will open up a new project display, which looks as follows.
> Project > Jewelry > Select the ring

Double click the ring box to open the project.

3. Edit Mode

Click the Edit’ button on the Top Menu Bar

4. Symmetry Tool

Symmetry allows you to sculpt one side of your model and have the other side update with your changes as well.

Symmetry can be activated as follows:
i) Go to Press Transform on the Top menu bar > Activate Symmetry.
ii) Press X, Z & M depending on the axis to actions across.

5. DynaMesh

DynaMesh is newest base mesh generation tool. It has been designed to create low and middle resolution sculpting stages, making it a perfect way to create your base mesh before diving deeper into all the powerful traditional ZBrush sculpting and editing tools.

6. Sculpting Brushes

There are many different brushes you can sculpt with in ZBrush. Each brush has a unique property that allows it to do something the other brushes cannot. Also, brushes in ZBrush can be modified using several important controls such as Gravity, Wrap Mode or Density.

Select the Chisel tool brush.

7. Lazy Mouse

When LazyMouse is on, drawing will take place not under the mouse cursor, but under a brush point that is being ‘dragged behind’ the mouse cursor by a virtual string (shown onscreen as a red line.) This allows for very precise control of the brush point, and is ideal for drawing smooth, predictable curves, or any sort of detail work.

Note: Morph Target Tool

8. Start sketching sculpting.

9. Radial Symmetry

After done the sketching between left & right sides, now we are going to sketching on the top.

Radial symmetry can be activated as follows:

  1. Press Transform > Activate Symmetry.
  2. Press Y & M depending on the axis to actions across.
  3. Press Transform > R
  4. Set Transform: Radial Count to the number of times you want to mirror your actions symmetrically along the surface.

That’s it! You just completed your base 3D Ring.

10. Define and scale the dimensions

After completed base of the 3D Ring, we can adjust the scale of the ring.

Ring size chart

  1. Click the Zplugin on the top menu bar > go to 3D Print Hub.
  2. Then click the Update Size Ratios, We can adjust size of the ring.

11. Exporting 3D Printed files

You can prepared and export files for 3D printing directly from Zbrush.

  1. On the top menu bar, go to “3D Print Hub” to select your export file format
  2. Click the “Export to STL
  3. Send it to any printer or printing service of your choice.

Hope this tutorial helps you and now you are able to design the ring of your dream.


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