Tangible 3D Modelling: Briding the Gap Between Physicality and Virtuality

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Ovesen, Nis; Korsgaard Hejlesen, Aske
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Aalborg University, Denmark
Section: Design/Make interface
Page(s): 642-647
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


This paper presents an experimental approach to teaching 3D modelling techniques in an Industrial Design programme. The approach includes the use of tangible free form models as tools for improving the overall learning. The paper is based on lecturer and student experiences obtained through facilitated discussions during the course as well as through a survey distributed to the participating students. The analysis of the experiences shows a mixed picture consisting of both benefits and limits to the experimental technique. A discussion about the applicability of the technique and about the needed adjustments concludes the paper.

Keywords: 3D modelling, SolidWorks, tangible free form models, physical artefacts, inductive learning, physical 3D modelling


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