Low cost VR design tool speeds design process
Gravity Sketch has released a professional grade 3D design tool that aims to reduce design time by 30%.
Available for around $40 on Occulus and Steam VR, the tool has just completed beta testing with 500 industrial designers and digital artists.
Based in London, Gravity Sketch has received funding and business support from heavy-hitters the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub and the James Dyson Foundation.
The company wants to make professional grade design available to everyone and allow people to take initial sketches through to complex visualisations, and plug them into existing workflows.
As a result of the beta testing, the company was put in a rare position of being able to leverage the opinions of 500 industry insiders. This feedback allowed the company to fine-tuned the product, and resulted in free-drawing and surface and model creation features being added.
You can see the tool in action here.
An enterprise version is due to be released later on in the year.
Co-founder Oluwaseyi Sosanya comments:
“It is incredible that any industry has not significantly changed since the 1970s, especially given the technological upheavals that have happened between then and now. But that is the state of modern-day design. The industry is now facing a revolution thanks to VR.
“2D artists, 3D technicians and clay modellers will no longer be separated in an impractical workflow. Gravity Sketch’s professional capabilities – distinct from the artistic aims of other VR products - is democratising design, bringing together these disciplines under an efficient workflow that can be reduced by 30 per cent when compared to current processes. This can save millions of pounds across industries, such as automotive design or architecture.”