CardBoardiZer: Creatively Customize, Articulate, and Fold 3D Mesh Models

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2016-RAMA-67548
Models provide an extremely effective way of visualizing a project; however, the construction of 3D models can often be tedious and frustrating due to spatial issues. Fortunately, programs, such as AutoCAD* and Autodesk*, allow users to create these models on a computer and simply print them. The manner in which these models are created and generated vary between programs, but currently, both programs require training.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a set of geometric processing algorithms, allowing users to customize, articulate, and fold a given 3D model. This platform allows manipulation of the model and then unfolds the model into 2D perforated patterns that are ready for cutting and folding. Complex geometric operations, such as segmentation, contour generation, articulation specification, and shape control, are easy to perform by simply stroking on the model, adjusting a control widget, or using a slider bar for different resolutions. Compared to Autodesk 123D* Make, CardBoardiZer demonstrated significantly shorter time-to-prototype and ease of fabrication. CardBoardiZer can be used with Ziro, a personal robotics toolkit, to make low-cost personal robotic toys.

Advantages:
-Transform any scanned 3D model into a foldable model
-No training
-Cardboard is a low-cost material

Potential Applications:
-3D models
-Prototypes
-DIYs
-K to 12 STEM education

*Trademark
Nov 6, 2018
NATL-Patent
United States
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May 5, 2017
PCT-Patent
WO
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May 6, 2016
Provisional-Patent
United States
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