Computational thermoforming

Christian Schüller, Daniele Panozzo, Anselm Grundhöfer, Henning Zimmer, Evgeni Sorkine, Olga Sorkine-Hornung

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Abstract

We propose a method to fabricate textured 3D models using thermoforming. Differently from industrial techniques, which target mass production of a specific shape, we propose a combined hardware and software solution to manufacture customized, unique objects. Our method simulates the forming process and converts the texture of a given digital 3D model into a pre-distorted image that we transfer onto a plastic sheet. During thermoforming, the sheet deforms to create a faithful physical replica of the digital model. Our hardware setup uses off-the-shelf components and can be calibrated with an automatic algorithm that extracts the simulation parameters from a single calibration object produced by the same process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbera43
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 11 2016

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Keywords

  • Digital fabrication
  • Physical simulation
  • Texture transfer
  • Thermoforming
  • Vacuum forming
  • Viscoplastic sheets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Schüller, C., Panozzo, D., Grundhöfer, A., Zimmer, H., Sorkine, E., & Sorkine-Hornung, O. (2016). Computational thermoforming. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 35(4), [a43]. https://doi.org/10.1145/2897824.2925914

Computational thermoforming. / Schüller, Christian; Panozzo, Daniele; Grundhöfer, Anselm; Zimmer, Henning; Sorkine, Evgeni; Sorkine-Hornung, Olga.

In: ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol. 35, No. 4, a43, 11.07.2016.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Schüller, C, Panozzo, D, Grundhöfer, A, Zimmer, H, Sorkine, E & Sorkine-Hornung, O 2016, 'Computational thermoforming', ACM Transactions on Graphics, vol. 35, no. 4, a43. https://doi.org/10.1145/2897824.2925914
Schüller C, Panozzo D, Grundhöfer A, Zimmer H, Sorkine E, Sorkine-Hornung O. Computational thermoforming. ACM Transactions on Graphics. 2016 Jul 11;35(4). a43. https://doi.org/10.1145/2897824.2925914
Schüller, Christian ; Panozzo, Daniele ; Grundhöfer, Anselm ; Zimmer, Henning ; Sorkine, Evgeni ; Sorkine-Hornung, Olga. / Computational thermoforming. In: ACM Transactions on Graphics. 2016 ; Vol. 35, No. 4.
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