Gravity Sketch brings Co-Creation to PC VR and Oculus Quest

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VR design on Gravity Sketch is no longer a solo experience for smaller studios, as Co-Creation comes to PC VR and Oculus Quest

Quick read

➨ Gravity Sketch’s software-as-a-service-solution, which enables designers to skip the 2D design stage and create 3D models in VR that can be transferred to computer-aided design programs, has collaboration and co-creation at its heart
➨ Smaller design studios in need of 3D design tools that can be used remotely during the ongoing pandemic can take advantage of Gravity Sketch’s Co-Creation feature on all PC VR headsets and Oculus Quest
➨ Teams of up to eight can design, review and discuss together on the Gravity Sketch platform, all in the same virtual space. Interested parties can take advantage of a 30-day trial, requestable through this link

The story

UK-based startup Gravity Sketch has made the Co-Creation feature of its early-stage design tool available to small studios and is offering free 30-day trials to select businesses.

Gravity Sketch’s software-as-a-service-solution, which enables designers to skip the 2D design stage and create 3D models in VR that can be transferred to computer-aided design (CAD) programs, has collaboration and co-creation at its heart.

Design studios at Ford, Nissan and Reebok are among its early enterprise users. Gravity Sketch was also among a group of startups to be selected for the Aerospace Technology Institute Boeing Accelerator programme earlier this year.

Gravity Sketch has focused on expanding its platform’s remote Co-Creation feature this year, because it has, until now, only been available to enterprise customers with strict IT infrastructure requirements.

Smaller design studios in need of 3D design tools that can be used remotely during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic can take advantage of Gravity Sketch’s Co-Creation feature on all PC VR headsets and Oculus Quest.

Teams of up to eight can design, review and discuss together on the Gravity Sketch platform, all in the same virtual space. Interested parties can take advantage of a 30-day trial, requestable through this link.

Gravity Sketch has pushed development forward to get an early access version of Co-Creation in the hands of a select number of businesses as quickly as possible.

One of the alpha testers is Achilles Design, based in Belgium, which has been using Gravity Sketch to collaborate and review remotely since the beginning of lockdown.

Lucas Van Dorpe, an industrial designer at Achilles Design, said: “Virtual reality in the business space has been a solo experience for years. With Co-Creation, designers and clients can finally collaborate directly.”

“The fact that I have been able to join clients in VR while working from home is unprecedented, both for them and for myself. Co-Creation is the most effective way of communicating spatial designs to all the stakeholders of a project. No other tool offers this level of immersion and understanding of 3D space.”

Oluwaseyi Sosanya, co-founder and chief executive officer of Gravity Sketch, believes the ability to co-create and collaborate in 3D and VR is crucial to effective design and engineering at the best of times, but even more so now that many studios and teams are being forced to work remotely.

Sosanya said: “Design and engineering are highly iterative/collaborative disciplines; effective 3D collaboration on new yet to be materialised products is a growing challenge our customers have been facing for years.”

“As companies begin looking for ways to remain productive in our new remote working reality, now more than ever is a critical time for us to focus on delivering a collaboration experience and getting it in the hands of not only our customers but support any design or engineering firm who is trying to maintain productivity in these uncertain times.”

VR design is no longer a “solo experience”, as Van Dorpe put it, and upgrades such as these are coming at a time when remote working is forcing many teams and studios to find new ways to co-create and collaborate.

The arrival of Gravity Sketch’s Co-Creation feature on Oculus Quest will be particularly welcome for those designers that want to bring their clients into the process.

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Main image: Co-Creation from Gravity Sketch

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