OpenAI's Shap-E is an AI-driven system that can do text-to-3D-modeling. "When trained on a large dataset of paired 3D and text data, our resulting models are capable of generating complex and diverse 3D assets in a matter of seconds," write developers Heewoo Jun and Alex Nichol. In other words, just as ChatGPT threatens to replace writers and DALL-E can displace 2D artists, Shap-E will eventually be able to tackle pro-level CAD. Also, because it can use text as the input, it will require minimal tinkering to achieve voice-controlled CAD.
For now, it's a ways off before industrial design firms can start firing junior designers who handle the 3D modeling; Shap-E can handle meshes and NeRF (Neural Radiance Fields), both of which have limited utility in ID, but can't do vector or NURBs. Yet.
Looking over Shap-E's latest samples, as of press time furniture designers have nothing to fear:
Nor do automotive designers:
However, these are early days yet. With technology moving at the pace it's moving, I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune in six months or a year.
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The problem is not, and has never been, "as good as a professional". It has always been "it's good enough to replace a professional so it'll be cheaper". That is the issue. It has always been the issue. Designers and writers and artists that delude themselves with "It looks like garbage to me, a person with an experienced eye who understands its flaws" are missing the fact that the average person will not see the mistakes. Every industry that currently replies on skilled people to design/create/etc have been hungrily eyeing AI every since the hype cycle began. Even one of the major points of the WGA strike is the movie industry refusing to disallow AI generation in scripts.
I think it would be great if people would recognize this, and stop regurgitating PR releases from these scammers.