Spin-It: Optimizing Moment of Inertia for Spinnable Objects


We present an algorithm to generate designs for spinning objects by optimizing rotational dynamics properties.

July 27, 2014



Moritz Bächer (Disney Research)

Emily Whiting (ETH Zurich)

Olga Sorkine-Hornung (ETH Zurich)

Bernd Bickel (Disney Research)

Spin-It: Optimizing Moment of Inertia for Spinnable Objects


Given a target shape, the user draws a network of seams defining desired segment boundaries in 3D. Our method computes optimally-shaped flat panels for the segments, such that the inflated structure is as close as possible to the target while satisfying the desired seam positions. Our approach is underpinned by physics-based pattern optimization, accurate coarse-scale simulation using tension field theory, and a specialized constraint-optimization method. Our system is fast enough to warrant interactive exploration of different seam layouts, including internal connections, and their effects on the inflated shape. We demonstrate the resulting design process on a varied set of simulation examples, some of which we have fabricated, demonstrating excellent agreement with the design intent.

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