||Muñoz, Patricia; López Coronel, Juan
||CONTINUITY IN SPATIAL SURFACES FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
||Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of Mathematics & Design, Special Edition of the Journal of Mathematics & Design, Volume 4, No.1, pp. 97-104.
||The purpose of this enquiry was to verify the way in which CAD systems and their tools for visual surfaces
analysis interact with morphological knowledge in the determination of continuity in products of industrial
design. We acknowledge that geometrical knowledge is necessary but not enough for working with this
attribute of form in everyday objects, where cultural factors are involved.
Geometry establishes a progressive range of continuity of surfaces that involves the concepts of position,
tangency and curvature. In product design we find different degrees of continuity that not necessarily follow
this idea of increment. What is understood as discontinuous in products in most cases is geometrically
The control of smoothness in the shape of objects, is influenced by the way in which the form was created
and by the different communicational, functional and technological elements that identify a product of
industrial design. Subtlety in the suggestion of form, by means of the regulation its continuity, is what turns it
suggestive through design.
We consider that the development of the geometry of digital drawing systems in three dimensions should be
an integrating process, where CAD developers and designers work closer in order to potentiate both activities.
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