FlexMaps: Computational design of flat flexible shells for shaping 3D objects

L. Malomo, J. Perez Rodriguez, E. Iarussi, N. Pietroni, E. Miguel, P. Cignoni, B. Bickel, ACM Transactions on Graphics 37 (2018) 241.

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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.
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2018-11-01
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ACM Transactions on Graphics
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37
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6
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241
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Malomo L, Perez Rodriguez J, Iarussi E, et al. FlexMaps: Computational design of flat flexible shells for shaping 3D objects. ACM Transactions on Graphics. 2018;37(6):241. doi:10.1145/3272127.3275076
Malomo, L., Perez Rodriguez, J., Iarussi, E., Pietroni, N., Miguel, E., Cignoni, P., & Bickel, B. (2018). FlexMaps: Computational design of flat flexible shells for shaping 3D objects. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 37(6), 241. https://doi.org/10.1145/3272127.3275076
Malomo, Luigi, Jesus Perez Rodriguez, Emmanuel Iarussi, Nico Pietroni, Eder Miguel, Paolo Cignoni, and Bernd Bickel. “FlexMaps: Computational Design of Flat Flexible Shells for Shaping 3D Objects.” ACM Transactions on Graphics 37, no. 6 (2018): 241. https://doi.org/10.1145/3272127.3275076.
L. Malomo et al., “FlexMaps: Computational design of flat flexible shells for shaping 3D objects,” ACM Transactions on Graphics, vol. 37, no. 6, p. 241, 2018.
Malomo L, Perez Rodriguez J, Iarussi E, Pietroni N, Miguel E, Cignoni P, Bickel B. 2018. FlexMaps: Computational design of flat flexible shells for shaping 3D objects. ACM Transactions on Graphics. 37(6), 241.
Malomo, Luigi, et al. “FlexMaps: Computational Design of Flat Flexible Shells for Shaping 3D Objects.” ACM Transactions on Graphics, vol. 37, no. 6, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2018, p. 241, doi:10.1145/3272127.3275076.
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