Design Education and Learning
Digital Sketch Modelling: Integrating digital sketching as a transition between sketching and CAD in Industrial Design Education
Charlie Ranscombe, Katherine Bissett-Johnson
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Keywords: Digital sketching, CAD, visual hinking, design sketches
Literature on the use of design tools in educational settings notes an uneasy relationship between student use of traditional hand sketching and digital modelling tools (CAD) during the industrial deign process. This is often manifested in the transition from sketching to CAS and exacerbated by a preference of current students to use CAD. In this research we report the teaching of a new design practice "Digital Sketch Modelling" which combine the strengths of sketching in ideation and CAD in dimensional accuracy while versing students in digital sketching skills that re now expected of graduates going into industry. In doing so we move beyond treating digital sketching as an equivalent to traditional sketching to become a new transitional design tool. This papers sets out the key steps of the Digital Sketch Modelling technique and reports its integration in industrial design curriculum over the last two years, In doing so we contribute a new type of design practice with a research based foundation that answer the requirements of modern industrial practice.
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Cite this paper: Ranscombe, C., Johnson, K-B. (2016). Digital Sketch Modelling: Integrating digital sketching as a transition between sketching and CAD in Industrial Design Education. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.
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