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CATIA V6 | Industrial Design | CATIA Natural Sketch for 3D Sketching Experience
A new product released from Dassault Systemes, CATIA Natural Sketch, allows you to sketch out 2D concept designs that can then be converted to 3D surfaces, which you can then take and continue sketching and designing on within the 3D workspace. It looks like a cool and fresh concept, but it would be interesting to know the level of complexity that 2D-to-3D sketch conversion can handle and how well you can continue to paint and design on the 3D surfaces when there are a tonne of other pieces and surfaces in the way/lying on top of each other. Couldn't find any solid info on CATIA Natural Sketch on the DS website, only a French and English press release. In any event, check out the video to see how the demo guy awkwardly sketches on a fully vertical upright Cintiq.
From consumer products to transportation, the creative design process always starts with a sketch. Industrial designers across industries first draw their ideas on paper and then, as the project evolves, move to 3D to explore the design volumes and proportions.
CATIA V6 introduces CATIA Natural Sketch, a new breakthrough 3D sketching experience that finally brings together the intuitiveness of creative 2D painting gesture and the power of accurate, realistic 3D modeling. This first-of-its-kind lifelike creative experience helps designers to free up their creativity and share their ideas more rapidly and precisely. It also allows them to quickly transform their 2D ideas into a 3D reality; as well as explore design details and alternatives by sketching directly on existing 3D models.
Sketching in 3D allows designers to better understand their design in volume, avoid misinterpretations of 2D views, and better communicate their ideas. It also gives designers and design studio teams the ability to use 3D sketches curves to create the 3D model with surface modeling or subdivision surface modeling tools. CATIA Natural Sketch complements the CATIA for Creative Designers solution to address the complete industrial design workflow with a unified environment, from ideation and concept to refinement and design validation, from the first sketch to the final production-ready 3D product.
By making sketching in 3D truly as intuitive as sketching on paper, CATIA Natural Sketch brings a revolutionary lifelike creative experience that matches designers' needs. CATIA V6 removes emotional barriers towards 3D creation by enabling designers to focus entirely on creativity and design intent and not on how to use the technology.