Artistic 3D CAD – Design Patent
Artistic expression in 3D CAD — it’s art with a purpose — and, recognition with a design patent. This one is more than just a design, because the complex and artistic 3D CAD work in this product gave some unique challenges.
As noted in our Case Study of The Design Department, we do a lot of artistic translation — art to 3D CAD. The product must follow the artist intent, but also fill a number of requirements. It must fit legal and practical spacing, plus it must be manufacturable in a cost effective manner. For this product, it’s not just achieving the look, it’s also making it moldable in an A-B mold.
A Design Patent
When it rains . . . Another patent issued this month, this one, a design patent for the license plate frame shown. Yeah, patents are kind of cool, yet it’s more about seeing the fruits of your labors. It always feels good to see a customer find success with things you had a part in producing.
As noted on the patent, this frame was a group effort. There are several names listed because it took a lot to accomplish the desired look and ‘feel’. Several iterations bring a design like this from the original art to the fine tuned, legal, and manufacturable product.
Satisfying all the eyes requires lots of variations to visually compare. This design patent shows the final result of work from everyone.
Artistic 3D CAD
One great part of this frame is the complexity of the artistic 3D CAD work. Modeling for a single manufacturing process, die-cast, that must have the feel of precious metals, jewels and silk fabric. In this case, some of the crystals insert after the die-casting for the final look, yet, it all comes together in a consistent, pleasant package.
To pleasantly meet the eye, all the curvaceous feature of the front must be first, consistent with one another; and second, curvature continuous in ways that blend for the eye. If not, it misses the stunning effect that’s possible.
Other examples of some fun and artistic frames are noted in this past post. And, all of them require some nifty tricks to make them seem more 3D than they actually are.
The images show the front, but there is also a back. All the fun decorative art in the front has cores from the back to minimize material, and cost. The complex CAD is a full product proposition, which makes the fun of this frame just that much better.
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