Metamolds: Computational design of silicone molds

T. Alderighi, L. Malomo, D. Giorgi, N. Pietroni, B. Bickel, P. Cignoni, ACM Trans. Graph. 37 (2018).

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Alderighi, Thomas; Malomo, Luigi; Giorgi, Daniela; Pietroni, Nico; Bickel, BerndIST Austria ; Cignoni, Paolo
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We propose a new method for fabricating digital objects through reusable silicone molds. Molds are generated by casting liquid silicone into custom 3D printed containers called metamolds. Metamolds automatically define the cuts that are needed to extract the cast object from the silicone mold. The shape of metamolds is designed through a novel segmentation technique, which takes into account both geometric and topological constraints involved in the process of mold casting. Our technique is simple, does not require changing the shape or topology of the input objects, and only requires off-the- shelf materials and technologies. We successfully tested our method on a set of challenging examples with complex shapes and rich geometric detail. © 2018 Association for Computing Machinery.
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2018-08-04
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ACM Trans. Graph.
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37
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4
Article Number
136
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13

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Alderighi T, Malomo L, Giorgi D, Pietroni N, Bickel B, Cignoni P. Metamolds: Computational design of silicone molds. ACM Trans Graph. 2018;37(4). doi:10.1145/3197517.3201381
Alderighi, T., Malomo, L., Giorgi, D., Pietroni, N., Bickel, B., & Cignoni, P. (2018). Metamolds: Computational design of silicone molds. ACM Trans. Graph., 37(4). https://doi.org/10.1145/3197517.3201381
Alderighi, Thomas, Luigi Malomo, Daniela Giorgi, Nico Pietroni, Bernd Bickel, and Paolo Cignoni. “Metamolds: Computational Design of Silicone Molds.” ACM Trans. Graph. 37, no. 4 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1145/3197517.3201381.
T. Alderighi, L. Malomo, D. Giorgi, N. Pietroni, B. Bickel, and P. Cignoni, “Metamolds: Computational design of silicone molds,” ACM Trans. Graph., vol. 37, no. 4, 2018.
Alderighi T, Malomo L, Giorgi D, Pietroni N, Bickel B, Cignoni P. 2018. Metamolds: Computational design of silicone molds. ACM Trans. Graph. 37(4).
Alderighi, Thomas, et al. “Metamolds: Computational Design of Silicone Molds.” ACM Trans. Graph., vol. 37, no. 4, 136, ACM, 2018, doi:10.1145/3197517.3201381.
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