Rapid prototyping through octree decomposition of 3D geometric models

H. Medellin, J. Corney, J. B C Davies, T. Lim, J. M. Ritchie

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Abstract

This paper presents the integration of an Octree modeller, an assembly planning system, and a robotic cell to build approximate prototypes directly from 3D model data. The integration demonstrates the feasibility of an assembly based rapid prototyping approach referred to as OcBlox, which approximates Octree representations of 3D models with "Blox". These cuboid units are automatically assembled to obtain a physical prototype. After detailing the algorithms used to generate the Octree's assembly sequence, a single resolution example of a prototype built with this automated system is presented. The paper ends with a discussion of the potential of the approach to support post build machining and complex overhanging geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Pages843-852
Number of pages10
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event2004 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: 28 Sep 20042 Oct 2004

Conference

Conference2004 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT
Period28/09/042/10/04

Keywords

  • Blox
  • OcBlox
  • Octant
  • Octree representation
  • Rapid prototyping

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    Medellin, H., Corney, J., Davies, J. B. C., Lim, T., & Ritchie, J. M. (2004). Rapid prototyping through octree decomposition of 3D geometric models. In Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference (Vol. 3, pp. 843-852)