From: Jonathan Chertok (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Apr 09 2003 - 23:51:32 EEST
Charles and List,
It's very encouraging to get the lists experience, suggestions and referrals.
I have two goals:
1. I plan to sit down as an exercise to recreate some old plates on Projective Geometry in the computer. The idea is to get a scanned raster into CAD (finished) and then to do the exercises described by the plates in "actual" 3D in the computer. These are all from Gaspar Monge's Projective Geometry , and is basically a continuation of my Graduate Architecture research. For this I need a "snap to plane", "rotate about plane" and - I am sure - a number of other operations that I have not thought about.
So far it sounds like Rhino would be the best bet for this.
2. I spent some considerable time in ACAD 2000 drawing an architectural project that was generated from a 3D form. This means that I generated the shape in a small "sketch model", rationalized it according to a reasonable geometry, entered a wireframe into the computer - and sort of went back and forth between 2D and 3D in a somewhat herky-jerky manner.
AUTOCAD has a couple great features called "Wblock" and "Xref'. These allow one to pull specific information out of a drawing, throw it into a file, and then reference that file in other drawings. I spent a lot of time trying to figure a way to pull "points" or "nodes" out of my 3D wireframe model in order to "throw" that information into a 2D drawing - from which I could draw a conventional building section. ** It would be nice to have been able to update the wireframe models - update the "points" or "nodes" in the changed sections for the wireframe - and to then go into the 2D sections and update those 2D drawings in order to accomodate the changed geometry...does this make sense?!
I think I only need this in the 3D and 2D Drafting sense (in that I think I could create an RP ready model as a separate file and not need to involve a presentation or process model in the more conventional drafting process).
Obviously, I realize that there is a lot of territory that can be covered between the conventional idea of an architectural drawing and RP and NC/CNC Fabrication Techniques. Currently I have been looking at the Yokohama Port Terminal by Farshid and Moussavi, as well as Kansai International Airport by Renzo Piano.
Is anybody familiar with CATIA (or perhaps Mechanical Desktop). I'd love to get a CATIA "development licence" (think benevolent corporation helps talented young architect - anybody with some pull listening?) - - but in the meantime am wondering if there is a way for me to further my architectural research (with another program) and was hoping someone in the list knew of an appropriate step between ACAD and CATIA.
Thanks Very Much,
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