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Oryx Mechanical uses Solid Edge to design wearable kinetic art

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

I have now been supporting Solid Edge since 1996 and thought I had seen most uses of the software and then I find a use that is quite different from all the rest. I found these kinetic rings so fascinating and wanted to share something quite different!

6 Axis Cyberman

Tony Horstman of Oryx Mechanical started using Solid Edge in 2000 working on injection-moulded medical device designs, which included creating presentations, patent and shop drawings.

The moulds, jigs, prototypes and equipment get built in his small workshop using a combination of 3D printing, casting and machining using a 6 axis cyberman replicator, manual lathe and mill. The work involves working with metals like titanium and working to fine tolerances.

About 6 years ago, Tony decided to put his skills, knowledge and equipment to use and decided to start building wearable kinetic art, but mostly rings.

Presentation box

The rings are all designed in Solid Edge and custom made, in what he describes as his miniature mechanical toyshop, to the customers specification and presented in its own gift box.

Tony says that “He finds Solid Edge is stable and consistent, providing the familiarity that allows fantastic speed of brain-to-CAD, which is important in the design process.

Tony is obviously going above and beyond in providing a service with customer comments like this!

Form and function come together with precision to satisfy the senses. This tiny piece of mechanical art is visually appealing and tactically satisfying!!! The box is cool and unique. Maintenance instructions are also precious! Believe me it’s even better than you think!!!!

You can find out more about Tony and his works of art at

You can also buy the jewellery from -

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