ACM Transactions on Graphics
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.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645599.
Anaheim, CA, USA
2016-07-24 – 2016-07-28
Miguel Villalba E, Lepoutre M, Bickel B. Computational design of stable planar-rod structures. In: Vol 35. ACM; 2016. doi:10.1145/2897824.2925978
Miguel Villalba, E., Lepoutre, M., & Bickel, B. (2016). Computational design of stable planar-rod structures (Vol. 35). Presented at the ACM SIGGRAPH, Anaheim, CA, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2897824.2925978
Miguel Villalba, Eder, Mathias Lepoutre, and Bernd Bickel. “Computational Design of Stable Planar-Rod Structures,” Vol. 35. ACM, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1145/2897824.2925978.
E. Miguel Villalba, M. Lepoutre, and B. Bickel, “Computational design of stable planar-rod structures,” presented at the ACM SIGGRAPH, Anaheim, CA, USA, 2016, vol. 35, no. 4.
Miguel Villalba E, Lepoutre M, Bickel B. 2016. Computational design of stable planar-rod structures. ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM Transactions on Graphics, vol. 35, 86.
Miguel Villalba, Eder, et al. Computational Design of Stable Planar-Rod Structures. Vol. 35, no. 4, 86, ACM, 2016, doi:10.1145/2897824.2925978.