FlexMaps: Computational Design of Flat Flexible Shells for Shaping 3D Objects

Malomo, Luigi and Pérez, Jesus and Iarussi, Emmanuel and Pietroni, Nico and Miguel, Eder and Cignoni, Paolo and Bickel, Bernd (2018) FlexMaps: Computational Design of Flat Flexible Shells for Shaping 3D Objects. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 37 (6). p. 241. ISSN 1557-7368 (In Press)

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We propose FlexMaps, a novel framework for fabricating smooth shapes out of flat, flexible panels with tailored mechanical properties. We start by mapping the 3D surface onto a 2D domain as in traditional UV mapping to design a set of deformable flat panels called FlexMaps. For these panels, we design and obtain specific mechanical properties such that, once they are assembled, the static equilibrium configuration matches the desired 3D shape. FlexMaps can be fabricated from an almost rigid material, such as wood or plastic, and are made flexible in a controlled way by using computationally designed spiraling microstructures.

Item Type: Article
DOI: 10.1145/3272127.3275076
Subjects: 000 Computer science, knowledge & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Research Group: Bickel Group
Depositing User: Bernd Bickel
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 15:08
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 15:08
URI: https://repository.ist.ac.at/id/eprint/1068

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