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Extracting 3D shape models and related life knowledge from paper-based sketches

Farrugia, P. and Borg, J. and Camilleri, K. and Giannini, F. and Yan, X.T. (2005) Extracting 3D shape models and related life knowledge from paper-based sketches. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 23 (2/3/4). pp. 120-137. ISSN 0952-8091

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Abstract

The main problem addressed in this paper concerns the lack of computational tools that allow designers to automatically extract three-dimensional (3D) shape models from paper-based form sketches during early design. To address this problem, various Computer-Aided Sketching (CAS) tools have been developed. However, their digital sketching medium replaces the natural, portable and readily available paper. To address these issues, this paper reports the development of a framework, which allows designers to obtain 3D virtual models and related life-cycle knowledge directly from early form paper-based sketches. The evaluation results of the implemented prototype tool, X-SKetch, provide a degree of evidence that this framework is a step towards making 3D geometric modelling software and computer technology available not only to designers but also to other users.