Gemvision commemorates D-Day with poppy CAD design


70th anniversary of D-Day landings marked with CAD concept poppy.

Gemvision has showcased its Matrix CAD design idea for a commemorative poppy marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The WWII turning point was recognised by company employee Tim Cottrell, head of training and technical support. 

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He explains: “The poppy brooch was created in Matrix using T-Splines a modeling tool that has the ability to create more organic shapes. I wanted to create something to commemorate the D-Day landings that used a poppy and symbolized the blood lost on D-Day. 10,000 souls were lost on that fateful day but was the turning point of the war with Germany surrendering 11 months later.”

Discussing the technical aspects of the design, Cottrell continues: “The body of the poppy took about 45 minutes to create but the stones took a little longer so an acceptable girdle distance was maintained. Matrix has the ability to lay out claws as-well but as a working model I omitted them in lieu of traditional pave methods. The stone lay out for the leaves took about an hour and half.

“The design is approximately 36mm x 31mm but is scalable up rather than down with stones sizes considered. If this was to be made a few alterations would have to be made and liaison with the stone setter and supplier would be imperative. Matrix is a perfect world program and cannot take into account stone availability and placement limitations.

“The render of the piece took me in a few directions from a beach scene to grass and back to what I think worked best reflective black. I decided on simplicity rather than knobs and whistle camera effects that V-Ray for Matrix does so well.”

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