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eBook: Faceted Geometry and Mesh Bodies

Faceted geometry – or mesh models – that are often the mainstay of these technologies don’t flow seamlessly into traditional tools and product development processes. When additional steps and tools need to be added to manipulate mesh models for practical use, the resulting broken and disjointed workflows strangle productivity.

In this eBook, we’ll review:

– How effectively working with faceted models or mesh bodies can fix broken workflows and ease adoption of new technologies

– The four capabilities that you need to effectively work with mesh bodies

– How a set of tools to repair, refine and modify mesh bodies can help you meet your challenge

Engineers can now easily capture the shape of many physical objects as point clouds, using fast and highly capable 3D scanners. Software tools can be used to stitch together such point clouds to create a mesh body with planar surfaces between points. These scans can support many different paths to redesigning, reverse engineering or mass-producing new components.

Engineers can combine 3D scans with additive manufacturing technologies to create a physical copy of the proposed design. Alternatively, engineers can develop a surface model using the 3D scan to create traditional tooling. These scans provide engineers with a new starting point in the product design process. However, the key to successfully using these approaches lies in the ability to refine, modify, add to or remove geometry from these mesh bodies. Otherwise, engineers face lengthy, duplicative remodeling efforts.

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