The Soul of an Artist – The Hand of a Bricklayer

Some 13 years ago began my adventure with CATIA – to make a 3-step  shaft at the first CATIA startup, a great euphoria aroused in me – having spent 7 years with Autocad. And that’s how I began figuring out, how to make things done my way… As a result, I started taking on various small jobs – it didn’t matter what that was, as long as it involved CATIA – and the form of settlements with clients, which was based on the fact, that I was a student, promoted general socialization – meaning a WIN-WIN situation – education and fun…

One of my jobs was about making a concept of a “device”, which was intended to shoot “something” in, during an open-heart surgery – to make a competitive product against the only available, American one.

The effect of that, was something like this :


So what’s my introduction for?… In my opinion, that’s “nice to the eye”, and ergonomic by the way. But the question is, how was that click-made? Had I known GSD when I was beginning to do that concept??? – I totally hadn’t, and I thought – I need “someone”, who mastered that module… But there was Youtube already active at that time, so I looked up clips about how to make incredible shapes in 5 minutes…

That was the Imagine&Shape module… To describe it in few words, it works on the basis of subdivision surfaces, which maintain G2 continuity during free modifications.

Here are subdivision surfaces used for that pistol :


If back then I knew GSD as good as I do now, then most certainly It would’ve taken me about two days, according to the good practices of GSD, to make such shapes… However, 11 years ago, having only seen youtube training videos – i clicked-made it in 10 minutes…


And the feeling I had, knowing that I could quickly define shapes called to the n-th power, being aware that I used to take, just as the majority of Constructor-Mechanics did, a “Press-Kiosk” as the benchmark for shape.


And now it’s just too terrible to think what will happen, when School of Art graduate puts his/her hands on that tool… 🙂


High school is a beautiful time, good ideas are not getting verified like in the industry.

One of our objects of reflection during the studies was, “what will be our start after graduation”… We compared ourselves (oh what the hell…) to American high schools… We chose MIT (If you compare yourself with others, compare yourself with the best!!!), we checked the Curriculum at the Mechanical Department, and one thing that caught our eye was, that they had a course called “Natural analogies to technology” – in short, it’s about things like, F-16 being similar to shark… and having noticed the fact, that it coincided with my actual job, I added one more subdivision surface… after that I learned, that ideas do undergo verification.

It’s about this :

… About that tip…

The feasibility of the mold was not questioned – although it’s kitsch (now I know it), substantiation of the mechanism was not mentioned – even though it would probably fail…

The only thing that Mrs. Professor questioned was, that very tip…

..So that must be an engineering proof promoting the belief, that “it’s better when something looks good, and is not encouraging associations…:-)

…it did well without the tip, meaning, that it managed to get as far, as to be declared on some congress for cardiac surgeons, as the alternative “made by us” 🙂

In my opinion, the best design was the one made by the hand of a bricklayer…


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