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
EventACM SIGGRAPH 2016 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Jul 24 2016Jul 28 2016

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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