My name is Paul Elia and I am a sculptor living in Toronto. I attended the OCAD University where I was taught an earlier version of ViaCad. It was ViaCAD’s founder Tim Olson’s and PunchCad’s background in aerospace design (it’s toolbox of splines and curves) that I realized that I could use PunchCAD to transfer my sculptural designs directly from imagination to reality.
The most contribution to the design process that CAD provides is the trigger and incentive to convert their imagination and creativity into reality. The ease and speed with which CAD allows students to iterate between design and testing is perfectly suited for this generation's need to see results immediately.
This months beginner tips reviews the "push and pull" tool that allows you to take a 2D profile and instantly make it 3D. The advanced tip guides you through the use of .stl file to convert a 3D solid and then convert the 3D solid into a 2D vector.