Design and fabrication of flexible rod meshes Conference Paper

Author(s): Pérez, Jesús; Thomaszewski, Bernhard; Coros, Stelian; Bickel, Bernd; Canabal, José A; Sumner, Robert W; Otaduy, Miguel A
Title: Design and fabrication of flexible rod meshes
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: material design; fabrication; Rods
Conference Title: SIGGRAPH: Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
Volume: 34
Issue 4
Conference Dates: August 9 - 13, 2015
Conference Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
ISBN: 1557-7368
Publisher: ACM  
Date Published: 2015-07-27
Start Page: Article number: 138
Sponsor: This work was supported in part by grants from the Spanish Ministry of Economy (TIN2012-35840), and the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant no. 280135 Animetrics).
DOI: 10.1145/2766998
Open access: no
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