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Behind the scenes: creating three-dimensional visuals in 4 steps

Behind the scenes: creating three-dimensional visuals in 4 steps

Sanne creating visuals

Sanne van Overdijk working on the creation of the visuals for a design.


Visuals: how a finalized design will look before a single cut is made in the stone.

Take a peek behind the scenes to see how the visuals for a design are made in just four steps. The visual is an exact digital replica of the product, before a single cut is made in the stone.

After the client has given his approval to the selected stone slabs it is important to give the client a clear image of how the slabs will fit in the design and how the appearance of the design will be completed by the selected stone. That is why we make visuals.
The veining within the stone determines how the slabs will work together and how it will work in the design. By visualising this at forehand we ensure that everyone’s expectations are met and recognised before the stone is being processed.


Natural stone pietra grey

A slab of Pietra Grey.


Step 1. Studying the slabs.

The first step in the process is to study every detail of the slabs selected for the project. Parts that contain cracks, stains and other irregularities cannot be used, and these spots get marked with blue tape. Then pictures are taken of the slabs with the blue tape.


Nesting pietra grey

Nesting is the way to test how a slap is used in the most optimal way possible.


Step 2. Making a digital AutoCAD design.

AutoCAD is a Computer-Aided Drafting software program. This program enables us to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional images of the design. With the help of AutoCAD we can break the design into some major components first, after which these are then further subdivided into smaller components.
These components are placed over the image of the slab, so we can see how the stone lines and veins will follow the design. We strive to keep the veining flowing throughout the whole slab as much as possible. Some patterns will be slightly moved or swabbed to keep the lines fluent and complimentary as much as possible.


owners Nesting bathroom

Example of the nesting for a bathroom.


Step 3. Creating a three-dimensional drawing in Sketch up.

The third step in the process is to create a vivid and realistic three-dimensional image with the help of Sketch up. This is a computer program that can make drawings used for architectural purpose, interior design and mechanical engineering. To make it as lifelike as possible, we load the actual stone patterns of the slobs we use in the three-dimensional drawing of the design.


bathroom front pietra grey

The front of the master bathroom, made of Pietra Grey and Striato Olimpico.


Step 4. Receiving the approval of the client.

Both the three-dimensional drawings of the design and the two-dimensional drawings of how we intend to place the patterns on the slabs are combined in one file. In this file specifics of the space where the design will be placed are also added. This will give the client a full round visual of the product that can be expected. 
It needs to get approval from either the client or the architect before we start the production; so all these steps are done before a single cut is made.


3d drawing approval

A three-dimensional drawing, an approval proposition for a design.


About Sanne van Overdijk

Sanne van Overdijk is project assistant at Stone Natural Class. She has been with the company since 2014. 
Her job is very broad and includes the supervision of the entire process that will realise the client’s dream. The client base is exclusive and that sets the standard very high. Sanne is not satisfied with her work until every detail is finished to perfection. “If you’re not able to accept the results yourself, your client should not do that either, it should be perfect.”

To keep a feeling with the operation she personally follows every step, and keeps in close contact with all the cooperating parties. This varies from making the visuals to communicating with the shipyard as well as the architect, and Sanne never settles for less than the best. “It is a high-end client base, and their expectations should be met. That is what they deserve. In addition, natural stone is a magnificent material and it is great to see what kind of gorgeous lines and drawings the stone reveals after it is cut. But it is quite delicate, and that makes it quite challenging to process.”

Sanne’s daily work also contains making visuals, and with the client’s approval she continues with the measurement of the placing area, drawing the design for the furniture, floors and walls, and matching the slab-veins with a design. In every step she stays in contact with the client, as well as with the operational staff. Every drawing is made with a high grade of detail, since the material requires a preparation by the millimeter. After this is done, the design can be taken into production. This takes place at our workshop in Reusel. After the products are finished it is important to stay in contact with the installers on location, who she joins when she can. This is good for work ethics and has a great educational value for Sanne. In the meantime she keeps on communicating with the client, and is not satisfied until everybody is. 
“Stone is a natural product. This makes it quite a challenge. It is gorgeous and unique, but also unpredictable, and this requires good coordination and cooperation.”


Sanne working yacht

Sanne van Overdijk on location, working alongside the installing team.

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