Implicit Blending Revisited

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Implicit Blending Revisited
Blending is both the strength and the weakness of functionally based implicit surfaces (such as F-reps or softobjects). While it gives them the unique ability to smoothly merge into a single, arbitrary shape, it makes implicit modelling hard to control since implicit surfaces blend at a distance, in a way that heavily depends on the slope of the field functions that define them. This paper presents a novel, generic solution to blending of functionally-based implicit surfaces: the insight is that to be intuitive and easy to control, blends should be located where two objects overlap, while enabling other parts of the objects to come as close to each other as desired without being deformed. Our solution relies on automatically defined blending regions around the intersection curves between two objects. Outside of these volumes, a clean union of the objects is computed thanks to a new operator that guarantees the smoothness of the resulting field function; meanwhile, a smooth blend i...
Adrien Bernhardt, Loic Barthe, Marie-Paule Cani, B
Added 11 Mar 2010
Updated 15 Mar 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Authors Adrien Bernhardt, Loic Barthe, Marie-Paule Cani, Brian Wyvill
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