Extracting 3D shape models and related life knowledge from paper-based sketches

P. Farrugia, J. Borg, K. Camilleri, F. Giannini, X.T. Yan

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The main problem addressed in this paper concerns the lack of computational tools that allow designers to automatically extract three-dimensional (3D) shape models from paper-based form sketches during early design. To address this problem, various Computer-Aided Sketching (CAS) tools have been developed. However, their digital sketching medium replaces the natural, portable and readily available paper. To address these issues, this paper reports the development of a framework, which allows designers to obtain 3D virtual models and related life-cycle knowledge directly from early form paper-based sketches. The evaluation results of the implemented prototype tool, X-SKetch, provide a degree of evidence that this framework is a step towards making 3D geometric modelling software and computer technology available not only to designers but also to other users.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-137
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Applications in Technology
Issue number2/3/4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • computational tools
  • 3D shape models
  • paper-based sketches
  • Computer Aided Sketching
  • 3D virtual models
  • 3D geometric models
  • modelling
  • modelling software


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