A mechanical design software startup is hoping to make it easy and entertaining for designers of two dimensional (2D) applications to learn complex three dimensional (3D) skills with its fast action video game.
think3 is headed by Joe Costello, former chief executive of Cadence Design Systems, who said the company is building its entire business around helping designers move from 2D to 3D and is taking a consumer oriented approach to capture their imaginations. As a result, it claims its new software provides them with 3D power at 2D prices.
The company has been working with games learning company, Corporate Gameware, and is about to launch its first title in a series of socalled thinkfast game based learning software, dubbed "The Monkey Wrench Conspiracy".
The game transports the player into an intergalactic world where the evil "Dr. Monkey Wrench" hijacks the "Copernicus" space station and the player becomes a "secret agent" dispatched to deep space to rescue it. To survive, he must design everything he needs for the job, starting with a simple trigger for his gun to "kill" his enemies.
In the course of playing the game, designers learn and use 3D skills and can view instructions explaining how to execute the appropriate design moves or walk through a help list of directives on the right side of the screen. In non gaming mode, they also have the option to take a more traditional path to learning.
A follow on version with additional levels of complexity, new 3D tasks and translation into multiple languages is also planned.
Costello said: "This is a radically different, consumer oriented approach to capturing the imaginations of the more than three million designers out there, who are still working in 2D. We're removing the barriers to 3D learning in a powerful, yet playful way.?
He added that the new 3D video game will be included with every copy of think3's new Windows based software, thinkdesign, which designers can use to model everyday physical objects ranging from home appliances, children's safety products and engine parts to boutique home accessories and custom luxury automobiles.
thinkdesign is an intuitive 3D design toolset based on a proprietary software kernel rather than third party technology. Designers control the tools through a seamless interface, and can use drafting, wireframe, solid modeling or surfacing tools anywhere in the process at anytime.
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