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Constructing medial axis transform of extruded and revolved 3D objects with free-form boundaries

Ramanathan, M and Gurumoorthy, B (2005) Constructing medial axis transform of extruded and revolved 3D objects with free-form boundaries. In: Computer-Aided Design, 37 (13). 1370–1387.

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This paper presents an algorithm for generating the Medial Axis Transform (MAT) of 3D objects with free form boundaries that are obtained by extrusion along a line or revolution about an axis. The algorithm proposed uses the exact representation of the part and generates an approximate rational spline description (to within a defined tolerance) of the MAT. The algorithm uses the 2D MAT of the profile being extruded or revolved to identify the limiting entities (junction points, seams and points of extremal maximum curvature) of the 3D MAT. It is shown that the MAT points of the profile face are sufficient to determine the topology and geometry of the MAT of this class of solids. The algorithm works for multiply-connected objects as well. Results of implementation are presented and use of the algorithm to handle general solids is discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Computer-Aided Design
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Medial axis transform;Voronoi diagram;Skeleton;Free form boundaries
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 08 May 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/10870

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