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(EN) PARTcloud.net member: Ananth Narayan

  • We would like to introduce our most active members on PARTcloud.net once a month. The goal is to find out more about them, but also to show our appreciation for their contribution. 


    July 2019: Ananth Narayan











    1. Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your background?

    Hi all, my name is S. Ananth Narayan (19) and I study Mechanical Engineering at Anna University. I started designing in Catia since my first year (2016). I also started making designs from YouTube tutorials; learnt the tips and other commands useful for instant design. From mid-second year, I learnt 30-40% of Catia and started discovering new techniques, tips and lot of new things. I used to render in Catia and Creo, until I found Keyshot. Then I switched to Keyshot and I am still evolving in Keyshot techniques and features. At the beginning of the third year, I realised some things: I participated in one 3D challenge and I thought I would be in top 10, but I was not on the list. That instance made me realise some things about the life, what you should do, how design must be simple and much more. I cannot forget that. It is worth to say that I am also familiar with Ansys CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), structural, thermal and topology optimisation.


    2. What software do you use?

    I use Catia and Creo primarily for modelling, sometimes I collaborate on both. For rendering - I use Keyshot. For analysis - I use Ansys 19.2 Academic (student version). Sometimes I use Zbrush and Photoshop for editing rendered photos.


    3. When and how did you start with 3D modeling and what was your first model?

    I started my journey in June 2016. My first real model was a bus done from surface design in Catia. There is a reason why I chose mechanical engineering and CAD field. I love cubing and I saw many robots are solving it. In order to design such robot, I joined that field and I have a plan for collaboration with others to make that kind of robot. I was inspired by Cube Stromer. 



    4. What are your favorite modeling subjects/themes?

    I love modelling mechanical parts, converting free sketches into designs. I also have an interest in Blender’s Sub-Division Modelling. I do not like to separate any topics: I like to go through all of them and see what I can do. Although many skilled people make very good models, I am not too worried, because I see hard work and techniques, but I prefer creativity.





    5. Are you also into 3D printing?

    Yes, I like 3D printing. I found out how it is used in medical application and prosthetics. But it is not that much popular in India, especially in Tamil Nadu and that is a shame. I have not made any 3D printed models yet, but I will do that soon, for sure.


    6. Is there any specific 3D model you are proud of and why?

    My notable models are Audi R8 Car and Lord Shiva. Audi was made in Catia in almost 4-5 hours. Making Lord Shiva was emotional and I felt really blessed. That encouraged me to go deeper on Catia v5. Regarding rendering and Zbrush modelling, I was very comfortable with the Hurricane glass. Many people thought it was an actual photo, but it was a render.





    7. What was the most challenging project you have done?

    My most challenging project was making NASA’s Lunar Sampling System. I used my whole knowledge and I learnt what not to do in future. I often participate in 3D challenges in order to improve my skills and techniques. I am not ready to miss any chances. Also, regarding simulation, I helped department seniors regarding analysis of heat exchanger for various coolants. I used ANSYS CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) for finding heat transfer rates of water and coolant at various positions. I made a simple Thermal Analysis combined with Structural Analysis for a composite material which would act as insulator to find deformation at given temperature.



    8. As one of our most active members on PARTcloud.net, what do you find so attractive about it?

    I prefer PARTcommunity.com, because it made me to be more self-critical. Also, points system is more attractive. Recently, I saw a trophy given to top three members for the 3D Challenge 2018. That was the most attractive. I really liked those trophies and T-shirts!


    9. What features in PARTcommunity/PARTcloud would you like to see in the future?

    Only native formats are supported (like STP, OBJ, etc.). It would be so helpful for participants and uploaders if developers of PARTommunity.com could make code to support other files from Catia, Solidworks, Creo and other major software. That would be really helpful!


    10. Do you have any other hobbies?

    I like photo editing in Photoshop, watch television and play puzzles like Rubik’s Cube, Sudoku and chess. Also, programming (HTML, C and Arduino) is included in the list of my hobbies.


    11. Do you have any goals for the future regarding 3D modeling?

    I am practicing a lot in order to make the perfect car model (in Catia), but I have a gap I need to fill out: the secrets of perfect rendering! Hope that will happen soon.


    12. What advice would you give to beginners?

    My advice to beginners is that no matter what software you use, practice a lot, dive deep into it. Use knowledge wisely. Try to master it. My line would be: “You honour your knowledge every single time when you earn a penny from that”. Everybody is intelligent, with their knowledge in their place!



    You can see all 3D models by Ananth here: