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Creativity and Solid Modeling - Middle East Technical University

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    Procedia

    Social and

     Behavioral

     Sciences Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 00 (2011) 000000

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    WCLTA 2012

    Creativity and Solid Modeling

    *Dr. Murat Sönmez

    *Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus Mechanical Engineering Program, Güzelyurt/ KKTC, Mersin 10, Turkey

Abstract

    Creativity is being increasingly important in architecture and industrial design. Creativity at conceptual design stage of a design

    process is a requirement in today’s competitive job market. A development engineer produces concept or model that is passed on

    to the design engineer for converting into a device, process, or structure. Like the development engineer, the designer should be

    creative. Today many major companies and research institutes are using virtual technology. Before prototyping stage, the new product is created virtually in electronic environment thanks to some solid modeling softwares. In conceptual design, the object is

    shaped by making a selection among alternative solutions. This can be easily done in a virtual environment. Education system should be able to feed creative minds by offering some courses and by enabling them with some facilitates for developing their creativity in art, design and in servicing. Solid modeling softwares allow students to visualize their creations 3-Dimensionally

    with the associated physical and mechanical properties. The content of engineering drawing courses in engineering curriculum is

    to be modified for providing solid modeling techniques to engineering students. This may require additional credit. Solid modeling environment can also be used in primary and secondary education in technology and design, visual arts, geometry, 3-D art and project preparation courses.

     ? 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd

    Keywords: creativity, solid modelling

    1. Introduction

    In today's competitive business world, it is extremely important to create new and useful products for companies. Harris (2009), the author of one of the guiding books in the literature on creativity [1], says that creativity should become a core part of a competitive company’s culture. Creative companies can find new routes to market, new types of products and services and new ways of generating income even in recession periods. The word “creativity”

    is defined by dictionaries as “the ability to create.” “To create” means turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. “If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative (Naiman). Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Creativity is to introduce something new and original, not like anything seen before. A product is creative when it is novel and appropriate. Although Harris highlights the reality that everybody is creative contrary to beliefs that only special, talented people are creative, a study at Exeter University (2012) concludes that excellence on creativity is determined by encouragement, motivation, opportunities, training and practice. No one reached high levels of achievement in their field without devoting thousands of hours of serious training. Creation is not linear; it is iterative (Harris, 2009). On creating a new product, alternative designs

     * Dr. Murat Sonmez. Tel.: +90-392-661-2934 E-mail address: sonmez@metu.edu.tr

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    are generated that could satisfy the demands and expectations. The options are to be tested and considered against expectations. Today, at the conceptual design, product design and prototyping stages this work conveniently achieved in virtual environments, such as solid modeling environments. Education system should be able to feed creative minds by offering some courses and by enabling them with some facilitates for developing their creativity in art, design and in servicing. Solid modeling software allows students to visualize their creations 3-Dimensionally with the associated physical and mechanical properties. In some