Optimization-Based Design and Fabrication of Flexible Rod Meshes

Authors

Jesús Pérez (URJC Madrid)
Bernhard Thomaszewski (Disney Research Zurich)
Stelian Coros (Disney Research Zurich)
Bernd Bickel (Disney Research Zurich)
José A. Canabal (URJC Madrid)
Bob Sumner (Disney Research Zurich)
Miguel Otaduy (URJC Madrid)

ACM SIGGRAPH 2015

July 26, 2015

Optimization-Based Design and Fabrication of Flexible Rod Meshes-Image

We present a computational tool for fabrication-oriented design of flexible rod meshes. Given a deformable surface and a set of deformed poses as input, our method automatically computes a printable rod mesh that, once manufactured, closely matches the input poses under the same boundary conditions. The core of our method is formed by an optimization scheme that adjusts the cross-sectional profiles of the rods and their rest centerline in order to best approximate the target deformations. This approach allows us to locally control the bending and stretching resistance of the surface with a single material, yielding high design flexibility and low fabrication cost.

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