Article  Open Access

Volume-aware design of composite molds

Alderighi T., Malomo L., Giorgi D., Bickel B., Cignoni P. Pietroni N.

Fabrication  Casting  Molding  3D printing 

We propose a novel technique for the automatic design of molds to cast highly complex shapes. The technique generates composite, two-piece molds. Each mold piece is made up of a hard plastic shell and a flexible silicone part. Thanks to the thin, soft, and smartly shaped silicone part, which is kept in place by a hard plastic shell, we can cast objects of unprecedented complexity. An innovative algorithm based on a volumetric analysis defines the layout of the internal cuts in the silicone mold part. Our approach can robustly handle thin protruding features and intertwined topologies that have caused previous methods to fail. We compare our results with state of the art techniques, and we demonstrate the casting of shapes with extremely complex geometry.

Source: ACM transactions on graphics 38 (2019). doi:10.1145/3306346.3322981

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery,, New York, N.Y. , Stati Uniti d'America

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