Optimal slicing of free-form surfaces

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Optimal slicing of free-form surfaces
Many applications, such as contour machining, rapid prototyping, and reverse engineering by laser scanner or coordinate measuring machine, involve sampling of free-from surfaces along section cuts by a family of parallel planes with equidistant spacing and common normal N. To ensure that such planar sections provide faithful descriptions of the shape of a surface, it is desirable to choose the relative orientation that maximizes, over the entire surface, the minimum angle between N and the local surface normal n. We address this optimization problem by computing the (symmetrized) Gauss map for the surface, projecting it stereographically onto a plane, and invoking the medial axis transform for the complement of its image to identify the orientation N that is "most distant" from the symmetrized Gauss map boundary. Using a Gauss map algorithm described elsewhere, the method is implemented in the context of bicubic B
Tait S. Smith, Rida T. Farouki, Mohammad al-Kandar
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Type Journal
Year 2002
Where CAGD
Authors Tait S. Smith, Rida T. Farouki, Mohammad al-Kandari, Helmut Pottmann
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