Love, Diamonds and Dynamo: How One Engineer Created the Perfect Engagement Ring
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Eric Rudisaile, an MEP Solutions Specialist based in Boston, attended the Autodesk University 2016 conference in Las Vegas ꟷ where Microdesk staff also present annually ꟷ and took a class called “Dynamo: Generative Modeling with T-Splines.”
This past November, Rudisaile planned to propose to his girlfriend. Prompted to get creative, he designed an original engagement ring via Dynamo.
First he created a sketch in Revit, a set of lines inspired by the Fibonacci Sequence that would be the core of his design.
Then he needed to transfer the geometry from the Revit sketches to Dynamo, and fashion the geometry into a 3D ring-like shape. Rudisaile produced and 3D printed a design similar to what he was looking for, but struggled to proportion the ring to fit his girlfriend’s finger.
With the help of a jeweler who specialized in custom rings, Rudisaile was able to size the ring appropriately, as well as devise a more substantial form to hold gemstones. The model was 3D printed in wax, and then cast in white gold and set with diamonds.
During a vacation in South Africa, he popped the question equipped with picture of the final design. Since the ring was still in production, his fiancée provided some input before it was created.
“All in all, it was an immensely satisfying project, great learning experience and a great excuse to learn T-splines for a one-of-a-kind design,” Rudisaile says.
Congratulations to the happy couple! You can find Rudisaile’s post about the experience, “Love is in the…Dynamo?” on Dynamo’s blog.