Surface Design in Virtual Reality as Industrial Application
The authors present SpaceDesign, a computer-aided styling application addressed to the early stages of the design process. Virtual Reality devices are used for expressing first design ideas in an unconstrained and natural way, like e.g. sketching shapes. The creative phase is supported by means of intuitive generation of surface functions in a semi-immersive environment. The industrial requirements are fulfilled by means of importing standard CAD file formats and keeping the mathematical representation of the models. Innovative features are provided: real time preview during the surface sketching, the navigation tool and 3D-constrained-interaction techniques with visual feedback. This combination of features makes our approach unique in comparison to similar systems.