There is an increasing demand in the conceptual design for more intuitive methods for creating and modifying free-form curves and surfaces in CAD modeling systems. The methods should be based not only on the change of the mathematical parameters but also on the user's specified constraints and shapes. This paper presents a new surface representation model for free-form surface deformation representation. The model is a combination of two functions: a displacement function and a function for representing an existing NURBS surface called parent surface. Based on the surface model, the authors develop three deformation methods which are named SingleDef(Single-point constraint based deformation method), MultiDef(Multiple-points constraints based deformation method), and FeatDef(Feature constraint based deformation method). The techniques for free-form surface deformation allow conceptual designers to modify a parent surface by directly applying point constraints or a surface constraint to the parent surface. The deformation methods are implemented in an experimental CAD system. The results show that designers can easily and intuitively control the surface shape.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Event||1999 5th ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications - Ann Arbor, United States|
Duration: 9 Jun 1999 → 11 Jun 1999
Conference number: 5
|Conference||1999 5th ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications|
|Period||9/06/99 → 11/06/99|