On surface approximation using developable surfaces

H. Y. Chen, I. K. Lee, s. Leopoldseder, H. Pottmann, Thomas Randrup, S. Wallner

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    We introduce a method for approximating a given surface by a developable surface. It will be either a G(1) surface consisting of pieces of cones or cylinders of revolution or a G(r) NURBS developable surface. Our algorithm will also deal properly with the problems of reverse engineering and produce robust approximation of given scattered data. The presented technique can be applied in computer aided manufacturing, e.g. in shipbuilding. (C) 1999 Academic Press.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalGraphical Models and Image Processing
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)110-124
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


    • Computer aided design
    • Computer aided manufacturing
    • Surface approximation
    • Reverse engineering
    • Surface of revolution
    • Developable surface
    • Ship-building


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