Computational Thermoforming


Christian Schüller (ETH Zurich)
Daniele Panozzo (ETH Zurich)
Anselm Grundhöfer (Disney Research Zurich)
Henning Zimmer (Disney Research Zurich)
Evgeni Sorkine (ETH Zurich)
Olga Sorkine-Hornung (ETH Zurich)


July 24, 2016

Computational Thermoforming-Image

We propose a method to fabricate textured 3D models using thermoforming. Differently from industrial techniques, which target mass production of a specific shape, we propose a combined hardware and software solution to manufacture customized, unique objects. Our method simulates the forming process and converts the texture of a given digital 3D model into a pre-distorted image that we transfer onto a plastic sheet. During thermoforming, the sheet deforms to create a faithful physical replica of the digital model. Our hardware setup uses off-the-shelf components and can be calibrated with an automatic algorithm that extracts the simulation parameters from a single calibration object produced by the same process.

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