August 2004 Edition
COMPUTERS IN FACETING
be speaking to the Stark County Gem & Mineral Society on September 7,
2004 at 7:00 PM. His topic will be UNIQUE FACETING. Jim will show ray
tracings of one of his original designs optimized with new software from Anton
Vasiliev of Moscow, Russia, who owns LAL Gem Company.
Jim says, “This software, called Facet Designer, is very
comprehensive and reveals optical performance better than any other ray tracing
software I have previously seen.”
We’ve published a few of these recently, and
here’s a couple more—
· North Carolina State University in Raleigh, as part of their Crafts Center
Program offers classes in Faceting. A
little maneuvering through their web site www.fis.ncsu.edu/Crafts_Center/
, will find the faceting
classes—evenings, six sessions.
Columbia-Willamette Faceters Guild education program, started in 1999, using
ten Ultra Tec faceting machines, operates at the Rice Museum Northwest.
Classes are year-round -- five to seven people every seven weeks. These
classes are open to all ages—and students have ranges from 10 years old to 85
years young. Their website,
providing information about the classes, is www.facetersguild.com.
the Guild, reports that the classes have had hundreds of students over the
years. He reports, “…The Ultra
Tec machines have held up very well to this tough environment. Beginners are
hard on equipment and the machines have handled this abuse very well. We
recently had our machines checked out for the first time since purchase and
virtually no major problems were found. I feel this is remarkable…”
(no additional comment needed on that).
Guild also keeps one of their Ultra Tec machines at The Oregon Museum of Science
and Industry (OMSI), in Portland, for faceting demonstrations.
Demonstrations are held most Sunday afternoons and always draw a large
So long for now...
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