FlexMolds: Automatic design of flexible shells for molding Conference Paper

Author(s): Malomo, Luigi; Pietroni, Nico; Bickel, Bernd; Cignoni, Paolo
Title: FlexMolds: Automatic design of flexible shells for molding
Title Series: ACM Transactions on Graphics
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: We present FlexMolds, a novel computational approach to automatically design flexible, reusable molds that, once 3D printed, allow us to physically fabricate, by means of liquid casting, multiple copies of complex shapes with rich surface details and complex topology. The approach to design such flexible molds is based on a greedy bottom-up search of possible cuts over an object, evaluating for each possible cut the feasibility of the resulting mold. We use a dynamic simulation approach to evaluate candidate molds, providing a heuristic to generate forces that are able to open, detach, and remove a complex mold from the object it surrounds. We have tested the approach with a number of objects with nontrivial shapes and topologies.
Conference Title: SIGGRAPH: International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
Volume: 35
Issue 6
Conference Dates: December 5-8, 2016
Conference Location: Macao, CHN
ISBN: 0730-0301
Publisher: ACM  
Date Published: 2016-11-01
Start Page: Article Number: 223
DOI: 10.1145/2980179.2982397
Notes: The armadillo, bunny and dragon models are courtesy of the Stanford 3D Scanning Repository. The bimba, fertility and elephant models are courtesy of the AIM@SHAPE Shape Repository. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 645599.
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