Visual Computing

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Volume decomposition for two-piece rigid casting

Volume decomposition for two-piece rigid casting (Teaser Image)


ACM Transactions on Graphics 40(6) (SIGGRAPH Asia 2021)


We introduce a novel technique to automatically decompose an input object’s volume into a set of parts that can be represented by two opposite height fields. Such decomposition enables the manufacturing of individual parts using two-piece reusable rigid molds. Our decomposition strategy relies on a new energy formulation that utilizes a pre-computed signal on the mesh volume representing the accessibility for a predefined set of extraction directions. Thanks to this novel formulation, our method allows for efficient optimization of a fabrication-aware partitioning of volumes in a completely automatic way. We demonstrate the efficacy of our approach by generating valid volume partitionings for a wide range of complex objects and physically reproducing several of them.


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  author    = {Alderighi, Thomas and Malomo, Luigi and Bickel, Bernd and Cignoni, Paolo and Pietroni, Nico},
  title     = {Volume decomposition for two-piece rigid casting},
  journal   = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)},
  number    = {6},
  volume    = {40},
  year      = {2021},
  publisher = {ACM}


The authors thank Marco Callieri for all his precious help with the resin casts. The models used in the paper are courtesy of the Stanford 3D Scanning Repository, the AIM@SHAPE Shape Repository, and Thingi10K Repository. The research was partially funded by the European Research Council (ERC) MATERIALIZABLE: Intelligent fabrication-oriented computational design and modeling (grant no. 715767).