This paper presents a new approach for telefabrication where a physical object is scanned in one location and fabricated in another location. This approach integrates three-dimensional (3D) scanning, geometric processing of scanned data, and additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. In this paper, we focus on a set of direct geometric processing techniques that enable the telefabrication. In this approach, 3D scan data are directly sliced into layer-wise contours. Sacrificial supports are generated directly from the contours and digital mask images of the objects and the supports for stereolithography apparatus (SLA) processes are then automatically generated. The salient feature of this approach is that it does not involve any intermediate geometric models such as STL, polygons, or nonuniform rational B-splines (NURBS) that are otherwise commonly used in prevalent approaches. The experimental results on a set of objects fabricated on several SLA machines confirm the effectiveness of the approach in faithfully telefabricating physical objects.
Direct Geometry Processing for Telefabrication
Contributed by the Computers and Information Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Computers and Information Science IN Engineering. Manuscript received November 2, 2012; final manuscript received May 29, 2013; published online August 19, 2013. Editor: Bahram Ravani.
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Chen, Y., Li, K., and Qian, X. (August 19, 2013). "Direct Geometry Processing for Telefabrication." ASME. J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng. December 2013; 13(4): 041002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4024912
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