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Implicit modeling of swept surfaces and volumes

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3 Author(s)
W. J. Schroeder ; Gen. Electr. Corp. Res. & Dev. Center, Schenectady, NY, USA ; W. E. Lorensen ; S. Linthicum

Swept surfaces and volumes are generated by moving a geometric model through space. Swept surfaces and volumes are important in many computer-aided design applications including geometric modeling, numerical cutter path generation, and spatial path planning. In this paper we describe a numerical algorithm to generate swept surfaces and volumes using implicit modeling techniques. The algorithm is applicable to any geometric representation for which a distance function can be computed. The algorithm also treats degenerate trajectories such as self-intersection and surface singularity. We show applications of this algorithm to maintainability design and robot path planning

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Visualization, 1994., Visualization '94, Proceedings., IEEE Conference on

Date of Conference:

17-21 Oct 1994