Jewelry business

Arif Sesler is a very talented jewelry designer. He never studied jewelry design and prior to Shapr had no 3D modeling experience. Read on to learn how Shapr3D revamped his business and brought it on a brand-new level.

Meet Arif Sesler - a very talented jewelry designer. He studied Ceramics and Sculpture at Art Academy of Anatolian University in Turkey. He told us that while in school, he never took a jewelry design class but has been working as a Sales Manager at a big jewelry company for 10 years. At the company he was sometimes making designs for some special customers - that’s how he started.

Jewelry designers start in many different ways; in as many ways does Shapr3D help solve problems of the designers. Some of them, end up designing high-end jewelry for the celebrities. Others are able to better communicate the needs of their clients through 3D modeling on-the-go.

What problem were you trying to solve before you found Shapr3D?

I started designing, my advantage was that my work was still closely related to what I studied. Back then, I was using freehand sketches only. The disadvantage of a freehand sketch is that you can show your customers what to expect, but the sketches are never the same as the real designs. That was the reason I decided to learn CAD for jewelry design. 

Unfortunately, in Turkey, one can only take a computer-aided design class in Istanbul, which is 900 km away from the city of Antalya where I live. Taking that course would have meant taking time away from work, so I could not do that.

 

How and why you started 3D modeling?

 

When I started my own business, I have bought an iPad Pro for my freehand sketches. I have tried using several 3D apps but I was not satisfied with any of them. I tried uMake and OnShape but I used them for 10 minutes only and could tell those CAD programs were not for me. Until I found Shapr3D.

After downloading the app, I started the onboarding - was watching tutorials and completing modeling exercises. After finishing that, I tried to make my first 3D model in Shapr3D.

I was amazed how fast and easy it was for me to create my first 3D design. I remember that night I did not sleep at all - I was modeling in Shapr3D for about 10 hours.
 

I set a very specific target - to make at least two models a day in Shapr3D. This helped a lot - I have learned to model much faster and my designs were getting better and better.

The next problem for me was rendering. I did some research and found Rhino that puts the materials on layers for rendering. Later I found Fluidray RT. After seeing the first render, I saw the future for my business. The future seemed bright and promising.

 

With all the effort I have put into educating myself 3D modeling, I have achieved what I wanted. 

Now I can turn freehand sketches into 3D designs 
 

I now can show my customers the expected design in 3D real-time rendering from any angle. I have noticed, these days I am creating my designs directly in Shapr3D  without freehand sketches. 

 
This software completely revamped my business and brought it to a brand new level.

How does Shapr3D fit into your workflow?

I visualize future designs for my customers in a very high tech and creative way. At first, I take screenshots and record screens from Shapr3D. 

Then, I use iMovie - add music and text to the videos. I also add the rendered designs. I take my Apple TV with me when I meet the customers and play the design videos that I prepared for them. 

They really appreciate the effort and individualistic approach and that makes them feel very special. At this point, the process becomes art.

Being able to 3D model in Shapr3D has helped my business tremendously. Before I could only show my customers some freehand sketches. Now - I show them the world where they can see the unique jewelry in 3D form absolutely any angle.
 

Due to the nature of my business, I travel a lot. I cannot express myself in full when I say that I enjoy sitting on an airplane with my iPad Pro in my hands and design in 3D during the flight. I can be creative anywhere in the world - in the air, on the ground, on my couch. I attribute this joy to Shapr3D.

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