The need for the 3D Sketch
We live in a 3D world. So should our ideas.
Anyone who has ever tried to sketch an idea, be it a trained and skilled designer or artist, to the fabricator who has mastered the welding torch instead of the pen, has probably wished at one point that they could just 'turn' their sketch around, instead of having to draw a whole new one. As we exist in a three dimensional world, our ideas are often three dimensional as well. Despite this, ideas can be 'lost in translation' when they are sketched due to the limitation of a two dimensional piece of paper. Without proper knowledge of drawing in perspective, ideas are often sketched in 2D views such as from the side profile, top etc, or are skewed and distorted when an attempt is made to draw them in perspective. This is both limiting to the individual with the idea, but also to anyone he or she is trying to share the idea with. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
A rough idea for a medical device to help with intravenous operations.[/caption] In the medical field, a doctor might come up with an idea for a specialized tool that would help him or her in the operating room, however may feel limited by their sketching ability. The time it could take to just sketch the idea to share with someone who could help may be seen as an obstacle that prevents the idea from ever being shared. With potentially complex ideas, this could require several sketches and explanations to effectively share the overall concept. With a 3D sketch, the doctor would only really have to create one sketch, that could be viewed from any angle, essentially explaining itself. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
Rough idea for a revised A-Arm for an off road Baja car. Sketched by a professional driver in less than a minute.[/caption] At the race track, a race car driver may have an idea for better suspension component for the car, and a need to share the idea with his fabrication team. On paper this may require several rough sketches and a lot of back and forth talking and sketching. With a 3D sketch however, the driver could create one sketch, extrude it, make a few modifications to some curves. Upon sharing the 3D sketch with the team, there is no need for additional sketches or angles, and the fabrication team might even be able to use the geometry generated to refine the sketch, and CNC mill the part. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
Explaining concepts like the aperture of a camera or how light works through a lens could be done easier with a 3D sketch.[/caption] And in education, the 3D Sketch could help save millions of teachers the embarrassment of bad chalk board drawings. We all know the teachers who could draw, and those who couldn't. But as sketching is a means of communication, it is necessary when teaching complicated concepts. Communicating these concepts is made all the more difficult by a vertical 2D sketch plane, and grimy chalkboards or slippery white boards. Imagine if teachers could simply project a 3D sketch and move it around to literally be able to cover all of the angles they are trying to teach.
The need for the 3D sketch is real.
As the world is changed by new technologies such as 3D printing, immersive digital experiences and highly capable mobile technology like the iPad Pro, the ability to share ideas in 3D space is not only possible, but becoming a necessity. The tools to share these ideas however, are only just beginning to emerge, with uMake taking the lead in 3D sketching. These new technologies are enabling anyone to be able to transform their ideas to reality, and as with most concepts, it all starts with a sketch. While uMake has been adopted and praised by designers around the world, we believe it is for anyone who has a great idea and want's to share it. uMake is more than a design tool, it is an ideation tool for everyone, enabling ideas to be sketched in 3D, explored and effectively communicated. It is for the doctor, it is for the chemist, it is for the engineer, the pilot, the race car driver, and even for the teacher. It is for you, no matter what your background is or your sketching ability, or how wild of an idea you might have.
February 17, 2016