New software by IST Austria allows users to adjust 3D-printable mechanisms to fit new shapes | 6/23/2017 | Staff
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Thanks to software developed at IST Austria, even novice users will be able to easily adjust a 3D-printable mechanism to fit a new shape.

Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria have developed an interactive design tool that allows users to easily adjust a mechanical template to the shape of their choice.

Toys - Cars - Figures - Models - Components

Common toys such as steerable cars or waving wind-up figures are available as 3D printable models, which also contain their mechanical components. However, these mechanical structures are optimized to fit exactly one particular shape of the toy. If designers want to reuse such a mechanism with different shapes, the necessary manual adjustments to the individual components are often unmanageable for non-experts, in addition to being extremely tedious.

Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in collaboration with colleagues from Adobe Research have developed the software system that will let users easily adjust a 3D-printable mechanism to fit differing, particular shapes.

Software - Tool - Future - Year - SIGGRAPH

The software tool, which will be made available in the future, will be presented at this year's prestigious "SIGGRAPH" conference by first author and PhD student Ran Zhang from the research group of Bernd Bickel.

“Given a car model, there is usually one kind of mechanism that provides the functionality and, at the same time, thousands of different shapes that the car can have,” says co-author of the paper, Thomas Auzinger. “Our code bridges this gap and makes it possible to reuse the mechanism across all shapes.”

Tool - Functionality - Artists - Template - Design

"Our tool always guarantees functionality, while artists can adjust the mechanical template to fit the design of their choice," explains...
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