Design and Fabrication of Flexible Rod Meshes


We present a computational tool for fabrication-oriented design of flexible rod meshes.

July 27, 2015



Jesús Rodríguez (URJC Madrid)

Bernhard Thomaszewski (Disney Research)

Stelian Coros (Disney Research/Carnegie Mellon University)

Bernd Bickel (Disney Research/IST Austria)

José Canabal (URJC Madrid)

Robert W. Sumner (Disney Research)

Miguel OtaduyJ (URJC Madrid)

Design and Fabrication of Flexible Rod Meshes


Given a deformable surface and a set of deformed poses as input, our method automatically computes a printable rod mesh that, once manufactured, closely matches the input poses under the same boundary conditions. The core of our method is formed by an optimization scheme that adjusts the cross-sectional profiles of the rods and their rest centerline in order to best approximate the target deformations. This approach allows us to locally control the bending and stretching resistance of the surface with a single material, yielding high design flexibility and low fabrication cost.

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