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Different applications of two-dimensional potential fields for volume modeling

L. Barthe, N.A. Dodgson, M.A. Sabin, B. Wyvill, V. Gaildrat

August 2002, 26 pages

DOI: 10.48456/tr-541


Current methods for building models using implicit volume techniques present problems defining accurate and controllable blend shapes between implicit primitives. We present new methods to extend the freedom and controllability of implicit volume modeling. The main idea is to use a free-form curve to define the profile of the blend region between implicit primitives.

The use of a free-form implicit curve, controlled point-by-point in the Euclidean user space, allows us to group boolean composition operators with sharp transitions or smooth free-form transitions in a single modeling metaphor. This idea is generalized for the creation, sculpting and manipulation of volume objects, while providing the user with simplicity, controllability and freedom in volume modeling.

Bounded volume objects, known as “Soft objects” or “Metaballs”, have specific properties. We also present binary Boolean composition operators that gives more control on the form of the transition when these objects are blended.

To finish, we show how our free-form implicit curves can be used to build implicit sweep objects.

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  author =	 {Barthe, L. and Dodgson, N.A. and Sabin, M.A. and Wyvill, B.
          	  and Gaildrat, V.},
  title = 	 {{Different applications of two-dimensional potential fields
         	   for volume modeling}},
  year = 	 2002,
  month = 	 aug,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  doi = 	 {10.48456/tr-541},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-541}