Poetry can be found in the lines of a book but pure art can be fully expressed by bending tin foils as well, like coach-builders did for a long time during the 20th century. A thin line divides craftsmen and artists, whether they work on leather, steel, wood, marble and if they make unique pieces or thousands the difference is subtle. Industrial design can be conceived as a “process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production” (at least as Wikipedia sees it) but this is quite a mechanistic definition. To me, Industrial design is the ideal place where the production process with its requirements meets the will to create something emotional, the act of setting art free outside museums’ walls making it affordable for the community. Probably no one ever considered that buying the classical coke glass bottle is like purchasing a piece of art, the fact that a machine made million copies of it doesn’t matter: a genius shaped its iconic silhouette committing it to memory forever, it’s enough to consider that bottle pure art.
What is 3D SKETCHING?
The question is: Since we live in a three-dimensional environment, why ideas and concepts are expressed in a bi-dimensional paper sheet? Think about it, it makes no sense! A flat x,y axis universe could be good for the Simpsons or the Griffins but I used to live in the real world and a sketchbook is not enough to express the flow of my creativity. I’m no painter, my task is to conceive complex multifaceted objects, evaluate their proportions, volumes and capacity from the very first stage of the creative process. Pencil’s lines, light and shade effects on paper are romantic but if it’s true that a photo is worth a thousand words, A REAL MODEL IS WORTH A THOUSAND PICS. Now, we’re not talking about 3D cad and rapid prototyping models: they are part of the final design stage, right before production. Cad models are complex digital entities, outcomes of computers, sequences of numbers, food for CNC machines. 3D sketching is CONVEYING AN IDEA TO THE REAL ENVIRONMENT, pencil’s lines are intangible and questionable, solid sketching is A QUICK TOUCHABLE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT I’M THINKING, like pouring ideas from my mind straight to a metal frame which volume is easily measurable. Pay attention, this is neither carving nor sculpturing a stock, this is filling the space with thin iron lines, so the big difference between 3d sketching and 3D modelling is that the first is a craftsman operation that get the design process started, the second is the last engineering stage before pilot production.