Implicit Mesh Generation using Volumetric Subdivision

Christian Altenhofen, Felix Schuwirth, André Stork, Dieter W. Fellner

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n this paper, we present a novel approach for a tighter integration of 3D modeling and physically-based simulation. Instead of modeling 3D objects as surface models, we use a volumetric subdivision representation. Volumetric modeling operations allow designing 3D objects in similar ways as with surface-based modeling tools. Encoding the volumetric information already in the design mesh drastically simplifies and speeds up the mesh generation process for simulation. The transition between design, simulation and back to design is consistent and computationally cheap. Since the subdivision and mesh generation can be expressed as a precomputable matrix-vector multiplication, iteration times can be greatly reduced compared to common modeling and simulation setups. Therefore, this approach is especially well suited for early-stage modeling or optimization use cases, where many geometric changes are made in a short time and their physical effect on the model has to be evaluated frequently. To test our approach, we created, simulated and adapted several 3D models. Additionally, we measured and evaluated the timings for generating and applying the matrices for different subdivision levels. For comparison, we also measured the tetrahedral meshing functionality offered by CGAL for similar numbers of elements. For changing topology, our implicit meshing approach proves to be up to 70 times faster than creating the tetrahedral mesh only based on the outer surface. Without changing the topology and by precomputing the matrices, we achieve a speed-up of up to 2800.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVRIPHYS 2017 - 13th Workshop on Virtual Reality Interactions and Physical Simulations
EditorsFabrice Jaillet, Florence Zara
PublisherEurographics - European Association for Computer Graphics
ISBN (Electronic)978-303868032-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event13th Workshop on Virtual Reality Interactions and Physical Simulations: VRIPHYS 2017 - Lyon, France
Duration: 23 Apr 201724 Apr 2017
Conference number: 13


Conference13th Workshop on Virtual Reality Interactions and Physical Simulations
Abbreviated titleVRIPHYS 2017
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  • Best Paper Award

    Fellner, Dieter W. (Recipient), Althofen, Christian (Recipient), Schuwirth, Felix (Recipient) & Stork, André (Recipient), 2017

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