Computational design of stable planar-rod structures Conference Paper

Author(s): Miguel, Eder; Lepoutre, Mathias; Bickel, Bernd
Title: Computational design of stable planar-rod structures
Title Series: ACM Transactions on Graphics
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: We present a computational method for designing wire sculptures consisting of interlocking wires. Our method allows the computation of aesthetically pleasing structures that are structurally stable, efficiently fabricatable with a 2D wire bending machine, and assemblable without the need of additional connectors. Starting from a set of planar contours provided by the user, our method automatically tests for the feasibility of a design, determines a discrete ordering of wires at intersection points, and optimizes for the rest shape of the individual wires to maximize structural stability under frictional contact. In addition to their application to art, wire sculptures present an extremely efficient and fast alternative for low-fidelity rapid prototyping because manufacturing time and required material linearly scales with the physical size of objects. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on a varied set of examples, all of which we fabricated.
Keywords: Optimization; Physics-based modeling; Computational fabrication; Illustrative fabrication
Conference Title: ACM SIGGRAPH
Volume: 35
Issue 4
Conference Dates: July 24-28, 2016
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
ISBN: 07300301
Publisher: ACM  
Date Published: 2016-07-01
Start Page: Article number: 86
Sponsor: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645599.
DOI: 10.1145/2897824.2925978
Open access: yes (repository)
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  1. Eder Miguel
    5 Miguel
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