Tangible 3D Modelling: Bridging the Gap Between Physicality and Virtuality

Aske K. Hejlesen, Nis Ovesen

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This paper presents an experimental approach to teaching 3D modelling techniques in an Industrial Design programme. The approach includes the use of tangible free form models as tools for improving the overall learning. The paper is based on lecturer and student experiences obtained through facilitated discussions during the course as well as through a survey distributed to the participating students. The analysis of the experiences shows a mixed picture consisting of both benefits and limits to the experimental technique. A discussion about the applicability of the technique and about the needed adjustments concludes the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education for Future Wellbeing : Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsLyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherDesign Society
Publication dateSept 2012
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-36-0
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
EventThe 14th International Conference on Engineering And Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Welbeing - Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 6 Sept 20127 Sept 2012
Conference number: 14


ConferenceThe 14th International Conference on Engineering And Product Design Education
LocationArtesis University College


  • 3D modelling
  • SolidWorks
  • Tangible free form models
  • Physical artifacts
  • inductive learning


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