Freeform Shape Manipulation Using Context-Dependent Constraints and Parameters

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Wiegers, T.; Dumitrescu, R.; Vergeest, J. S. M.
Section: Supportive technologies
Page(s): 573-578


A method was developed to investigate which shape modification activities are performed during early design. We compared how designers ideally could create shape, to how they do it in practice, when using clay. With this method we were able to identify parameters and constraints that play a role during individual activities. Further research will be directed to select a set of parameters and constraints that support modeling activities during shape ideation and can be implemented in CAD software.

Keywords: free form shape design, empirical research, optimal shape manipulator


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