Computational design of stable planar-rod structures

Miguel, Eder and Lepoutre, Mathias and Bickel, Bernd (2016) Computational design of stable planar-rod structures. In: ACM SIGGRAPH, July 24-28, 2016, Anaheim, CA, USA.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Authors | ACM 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ACM Transactions on Graphics,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Optimization, Physics-based modeling, Computational fabrication, Illustrative fabrication
Subjects: 000 Computer science, knowledge & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 006 Special computer methods
Research Group: Bickel Group
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 11:59
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 09:29

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