Welcome to the Shape Sculptor User's Guide!
This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with the product.
This overview provides the following information:

Shape Sculptor in a Nutshell

Shape Sculptor Version 5 application is a new powerful product enabling users to quickly create, edit, modify and sculpt polygonal models. Within Shape Sculptor, a scanned model can be imported and quickly edited to add details and new features. Polygonal models can also be created by tessellating existing surface models or generated from 3D curves. With its powerful and intuitive polygonal modeling tools, new features and details can be added to the polygonal model.

Thanks to its ease of use, Shape Sculptor is the perfect tool to rapidly edit and sculpt polygonal models and complements surface-based conceptual modeling tools when surfacing becomes too complex.

Shape Sculptor can be used with other curve and surface-based modeling tools, including Generative Shape Design, FreeStyle and Automotive Class A and also in cooperation with other polygonal products including Digitized Shape Editor, STL Rapid Prototyping and Quick Surface Reconstruction.

Before Reading this Guide

Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. Therefore, we recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products. It also describes the general layout of V5 and the interoperability between workbenches.

You may also like to read the following complementary product guides:

  • Generative Shape Design,
  • FreeStyle,
  • Automotive Class A,
  • Digitized Shape Editor,
  • Quick Surface Reconstruction

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading and performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial. This tutorial will show you how import and decimate a polymesh.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the User Tasks section, which deals with handling all the product functions.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the Shape Sculptor workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to set up the options, will also certainly prove useful.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.

Accessing Sample Documents

To perform the scenarios, sample documents are provided all along this documentation. For more information on accessing sample documents, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.