Decomposing Three-Dimensional Shapes into Self-supporting, Discrete-Element Assemblies [chapter]

Ursula Frick, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block
2015 Modelling Behaviour  
This study investigates a computational design approach to generate volumetric decompositions of given, arbitrary, three-dimensional shapes into self supporting, discrete-element assemblies. These assemblies are structures formed by individual units that remain in equilibrium solely as a result of compressive and frictional contact forces between the elements. This paper presents a prototypical implementation of a decomposition tool into a CAD software, focusing on user-controlled design to
more » ... olled design to generate such assemblies. The implementation provides an interactive design environment including real time visual feedback, in which the design space of self-supporting block assemblies can be explored and expanded. Some surprising results of such explorations are included and discussed.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24208-8_16 fatcat:f2dn3vqupnbxzivmg7agxykbpe