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AutoDesSys to Exhibit at the AIA Show

Demonstrations to show how form.Z supports the complete architectural design process (May 16, 2005)

AutoDesSys, Inc., the developer of form.Z, is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the AIA Show (Please visit Booth #4023). Its demonstrations will cover case studies of the architectural design process, including exploratory design and the generation of alternative variations, before the selection of a final solution. Specifically, it will show how form.Z supports the complete process, starting with conceptual design, sketching, exploring and finalizing a design. Once this stage is completed, it will move on to demonstrate how to apply the tools for the management of building information, which are useful for the production of construction drawings and documents.

In addition to this, AutoDesSys will preview some significant new tools it is currently working on and plans to release in the near future. These are forthcoming in form.Z 5.5 and 6.0.

form.Z 5.5, scheduled to be released in the next couple of months, will add newer versions of its smooth modeling and rendering libraries, but also a number of enhancements and new tools. The most impressive new feature is Bend Along Curve. This new tool bends an object along any freely flowing 3D curve, according to a variety of alignment options. For example, this operation can take a linear object like a pencil and give it the shape of a pretzel.

Object animation is the most significant feature of form.Z 6.0. This new feature enables objects and lights to be animated directly in form.Z. The new animation features expand upon the currently available camera animation capabilities. Like all tools in form.Z, animation is a design tool. Animation can be used for traditional design visualization or as a way of generating 3D forms from the animation process. The combination of animation transformation, parameter animation, morphing and deformation create a new dimension in design exploration and form generation. These are, of course, forms that cannot be created with classical traditional methods and imply results that can only be produced by artificially creative processes. form.Z 6.0 is scheduled to be released by the end of the summer.

"The phrase if you can imagine a shape, you can create it with form.Z has been used on numerous occasions by many of our users", said Chris Yessios, President of AutoDesSys. "It has been our aim, since 1989, to develop and offer more and more tools and features to empower the creative process of design. We now seem to be entering a time when with some help from form.Z even forms that are hard to imagine can be created with the forthcoming digital tools."

The just published in.form.Z, AutoDesSys' annual newsletter, is a celebration of form.Z user work. It is a testimony to the combination of creativity and technology, the application of the digital to the demands of design. The credits for the cover image go to Giorgio Borruso whose virtual study of the Fornarina shop is featured. The actual store can be seen at Mandalay Bay, the very place where the AIA Conference and Show are being held. It seems like the perfect coincidence to show and tell what form.Z is all about.

About form.Z
form.Z is a cross platform design oriented 3D modeler that combines surface and solid modeling, polygonal and smooth (resolution independent) modeling, NURBS and parametrics. form.Z includes 2D drafting, information management, raytrace and radiosity rendering, animation, an open architecture with an API and script language that offer further means for customization.

About AutoDesSys
auto·des·sys, Inc. (automated design systems) is a privately held company. It started informally in January 1989 and was incorporated in January 1990. It is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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