Matrix 7 is now released, and it includes a full version of T-Splines optimized for jewelers.
Developed by Gemvision, Matrix runs on the Rhino kernel, so you’ll be able to open files you’ve made in T-Splines for Rhino, in Matrix 7.
Rhino is a leading, general purpose software platform used by designers in many industries. Matrix harnesses Rhino into an easy-to-use interface designed specifically for jewelers, and adds specific jewelry-design tools. The professionalism and the level of quality that comes out of Gemvision is, in my view, the standard of quality in the jewelry software community.
It’s been a few years since we started hearing about Gemvision and Matrix from our users. Later, I started talking with Jeff High, the President and founder of Gemvision about how the products could be integrated. We’ve always viewed our greatest strength at T-Splines as being able to write a general purpose modeling tool, and have focused on core functionality instead of making specific tools for any one industry. We knew that our users could make unique, compelling jewelry designs with T-Splines, our product just wasn’t necessarily built to cater to jewelers.
Well, Jeff saw the vision, and Matrix 7 contains an excellent T-Splines tool set that will give jewelers the power to easily make unique, organic designs. Check out this video showing how T-Splines in Matrix 7 works.
There is one final reason that we are excited about having T-Splines in Matrix 7. Gemvision recently hired Travis Serio, one of the most talented T-Splines users we know, on their development team. Travis won the 2010 T-Splines Design Contest, and shortly thereafter was hired full-time by Gemvision. I joked with him the other day that winning the contest got him that job, and of course he had to point out that he had known the Gemvision team for years. Ok, so there’s that. But Travis is part of a lineup of training sessions Gemvision is putting on to introduce Matrix 7 and T-Splines to the Matrix community, and I’d highly recommend getting to one of those to add T-Splines skills to your digital modeling tool set.