3d design – Devil In The Detail?
September 5, 2011
Is The Devil In The Detail?
Very often the picture that someone is presented with when planning kitchen is nothing more than a virtual photograph with little more detail than doors and layout. 3d design should offer more than that. It is not often you will see a kitchen with the mechanisms in or the drawers pulled out to show what is inside. It is not often the internal of a wardrobe is shown; more often than not it is just what it will look like from the outside? So how can someone be sure of what they are getting? If a kitchen, bedroom or home office is a handmade piece of furniture surely the 3d design ought to deliver ALL the detail? How much detail is reasonable to expect?
3d Design – Advances in technology
With the advances in 3d design it is possible to go straight from 3D to manufacture, keeping the cost down. A well prepared 3d design should allow the components to be cut thus making assembly quicker and giving more time for the finer details completed by hand. What qualifies for bespoke? By definition bespoke is made to measure. I would expect a 3d design that is made to measure to otherwise too much could be left out quite literally. Fortunately there are some companies that have cottoned on to this and work in great detail with their clients.
The use of some modern manufacturing processes can eliminate un-necessary costs and minimise the time spent in the workshop. This means the time can be spent on good assembly and finishing details. Each process should go through rigorous inspection and made to a luxury furniture standard.
3d Design – Poor Illustration
I have issue with a 3d design that is only a representation of the final product. It is these representations which are left for interpretation by whoever makes the kitchen, after all this is what you bought, as it is this that is used as the sales tool. Therefore I don’t think it is too unreasonable to expect a VERY accurate 3d design, not an ‘illustration’ that vaguely resembles the finished product.
If the kitchen is bespoke then without an accurate 3d design how does the designer make sure that what is being made is correct? Moreover how do they know the internal fittings/mechanisms will work with the custom made units?
Poor 3d design is usually the beginnings of a poor standard of work. Unless a company truly make the units, then the reality is a standard unit cut down or butchered to suit the alternative use. This leads to a poorer standard of finish. If a design is executed well it should deal with all the issues and improve the end result. Therefore in my opinion there should be incredible detail behind the pretty picture 3d design, otherwise what is being designed? And moreover what is a designer if not a problem solver?
How much detail should be included in 3d design? What is necessary for people to make a decision? I would suggest that if the word bespoke is used then there should be a high level of detail because by definition, it is made to measure and therefore all should be solved I the 3d design stage. However if it is standard and it is positioning of units then I guess the pretty picture would suffice. But then is this bespoke? Probably not!