i love sketch

Seok-Hyung Bae, Ravin Balakrishnan, and Karan Singh are about to present “ILoveSketch: As-natural-as-possible sketching system for creating 3D curve models,” ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2008 (Monterey, CA, USA, October 19-22, 2008)
ILOVESKETCH is a 3D curve sketching system that captures some of the affordances of pen and paper for professional designers, allowing them to iterate directly on concept 3D curve models. The system coherently integrates existing techniques of sketch-based interaction with a number of novel and enhanced features. Novel contributions of the system include automatic view rotation to improve curve sketchability, an axis widget for sketch surface selection, and implicitly inferred changes between sketching techniques. We also improve on a number of existing ideas such as a virtual sketchbook, simplified 2D and 3D view navigation, multi-stroke NURBS curve creation, and a cohesive gesture vocabulary.
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What this means in simple terms s that you don’t need to learn complex 3d modeling software to be able to design a 3D object using hand sketch based tools. It may take some more CAD trickery to get the design realized as a functional object, but this is a giant leap in the right direction. I personally hope this makes it out into the freeware, open source community rather than being snapped up by Autodesk..
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ILoveSketch from Seok-Hyung Bae on Vimeo.

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