Beyond Algorithms: How 3D Designers Outperform AI
April 10, 2023
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In recent years, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been nothing short of transformative across various tech industries — and 3D design is of no exception. However, while AI has made remarkable strides, there are compelling reasons why AI can never replace 3D designers. Let’s see what humans can do better than AI and why they hold an invaluable place in the creative landscape.
But first — how does AI work?

Artificial intelligence is trained to analyze massive amounts of data, recognize patterns in it, and transform it into something new.

The world of AI tools is vast, but let’s focus on the visual-based ones. Some of the most popular tools include Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, DALL-E 2, Craiyon, GLIDE, and Artbreeder.

So, how does AI work? Take Midjourney: a user inputs textual/visual description, and the AI produces an image based on the request it received. The final result is heavily influenced by the images found online.

What are recent AI developments in 3D design?

The introduction of AI has given rise to numerous exciting developments in 3D design. These include:

  1. Generative Design
    AI-powered generative design tools (e.g., Autodesk’s Generative Design software) create various designs on user-defined parameters. This streamlines the process of generating 3D concepts according to different requests.
  2. Mesh Simplification
    AI can automatically simplify intricate 3D meshes while preserving essential details. This method is widely used in GameDev to enhance the real-time performance of 3D models.
  3. Texture and Material GenerationAI algorithms can now analyze real objects and materials to replicate them in 3D models, significantly speeding up the design creation process.
Big picture — what does AI offer?

Undoubtedly, there is an array of benefits to using AI for creating 3D screens:\

  1. Speed and Efficiency
    AI-powered tools offer a fast track to design iterations and refining the details. AI also assists with simple repetitive tasks that take too much valuable time from 3D creators. This way, studio designers can focus their energy on more creative aspects of their projects.
  2. Design Inspiration
    AI algorithms sort through large amounts of data and existing designs to offer designers new inspirations. By analyzing user preferences, market trends, and historical data, AI algorithms can suggest new concepts as well as improvements to the projects.
  3. Real-time Feedback
    AI can provide immediate feedback on design choices –– including structural integrity, material selection, and cost optimization –– enhancing the overall quality of 3D models.
Where does AI fall short?

While AI algorithms have taken the 3D industry by storm, one fundamental truth remains: human 3D artists possess qualities and abilities that are simply irreplaceable.

A «human touch»
We can’t disregard the fact that AI designs are still projects developed by a machine and, therefore, lack creativity. AI can’t create anything new — it recycles data. 3D developers bring a unique intuition and artistic sensibility to their work that AI struggles to replicate. They can think outside the box, conceptualize new, groundbreaking designs, and infuse emotion and meaning into their projects.

Facing the challenges
AI operates within predetermined parameters, while human designers can adapt and devise creative solutions to unforeseen challenges. Their ability to navigate unexpected hurdles is invaluable.Customization3D artists can create bespoke designs tailored to clients' or projects' specific needs and preferences.

Pushing the design evolution
Human designers play a pivotal role in pushing the boundaries of design and innovation. They introduce new concepts, set trends, and pave the way for AI to follow.

Adaptability and Flexibility
AI operates within the constraints of its training data, whereas human designers can adapt to new trends, technologies, and creative challenges, ensuring their continued relevance in a dynamic industry.

While AI has become a powerful tool in 3D design with its ability to generate realistic screens and automate certain tasks, 3D artists still possess unique skills that AI cannot compete with. Still, in many cases, designers and AI can work together harmoniously. 3D developers can leverage AI tools to streamline their workflow, automate repetitive tasks, or explore design options. AI can serve as a valuable tool to enhance creativity and productivity rather than replace designers.

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