@TheOnlyAaron recently posed a question to the audience during live streaming: Do people still draw in 2D?
OK, I’ll start. I certainly do. Of course I’m an old fart, and maybe it’s a product of my history, but I think there’s more to it than that. 2D drawing is a way of abstracting a problem to it’s essential elements and issues. 2D is sometimes a way to work out geometry problems in their purest form.
An example just this week: I needed a spiral stair to solve a design problem. After going to 3D Warehouse for the new spiral stair LIve Component, I found it was buggy and unusable in real world. No problem, I’ll just whip one up old school. After researching manufacturers specs, I my first act was to turn to good old faithful, PowerCADD, to draw the base geometry in 2D. I can rely on it to do the math for anything intensive of arcs and circles. (Yes, I know there are extensions to help SU with it’s limitations, but why bother when you’ve got the best tool right at arm’s length.) That then became the basis of building it in 3D with SketchUp, finishing with @eneroth3’s Upright Extruder for the railings.
I was always taught, “Use the right tool for the job,” as in, “Don’t use a screw driver for a chisel,” so, yes, when the need calls for it, I use the best 2D tools I have and work in 2D, and when the need calls for it, I use the best 3D tools I have.
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