In this paper, both software model visualization with path simulation and associated machining product are produced based on the step ring based 3-axis path planning to demo model-driven graphics processing unit (GPU) feature in tool path planning and 3D image model classification by GPU simulation. Subtractive 3D printing (i.e., 3D machining) is represented as integration between 3D printing modeling and CNC machining via GPU simulated software. Path planning is applied through material surface removal visualization in high resolution and 3D path simulation via ring selective path planning based on accessibility of path through pattern selection. First, the step ring selects critical features to reconstruct computer aided design (CAD) design model as STL (stereolithography) voxel, and then local optimization is attained within interested ring area for time and energy saving of GPU volume generation as compared to global all automatic path planning with longer latency. The reconstructed CAD model comes from an original sample (GATech buzz) with 2D image information. CAD model for optimization and validation is adopted to sustain manufacturing reproduction based on system simulation feedback. To avoid collision with the produced path from retraction path, we pick adaptive ring path generation and prediction in each planning iteration, which may also minimize material removal. Moreover, we did partition analysis and g-code optimization for large scale model and high density volume data. Image classification and grid analysis based on adaptive 3D tree depth are proposed for multi-level set partition of the model to define no cutting zones. After that, accessibility map is computed based on accessibility space for rotational angular space of path orientation to compare step ring based pass planning verses global all path planning. Feature analysis via central processing unit (CPU) or GPU processor for GPU map computation contributes to high performance computing and cloud computing potential through parallel computing application of subtractive 3D printing in the future.

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