Dr. Bailin Deng
Date and Time:
14:00-15:00, Sept.11, 2018
From Digital to Physical: Computational Methods for Design and Fabrication
In the past few decades, advances in digital design tools have made it possible to design highly complex 3D shapes. However, physical realization of these shapes remains a challenging task. Recently, the emergence of affordable fabrication tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters allows us to turn a digital design into a physical object. But effective use of these tools requires the design shape to satisfy specific requirements related to fabrication technologies, which are not considered by traditional 3D design tools. We argue that these fabrication requirements can be incorporated into the design process as geometric constraints, such that the resulting designs can be realized using specific technologies and materials. We present a few fabrication-aware design tools for different applications, from freeform architectural design to cost-effective fabrication of large objects.
Bailin Deng is a lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Informatics of Cardiff University. His main research interest is in geometry processing and numerical optimization, as well as their applications in computational design. Previously he was a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Hull (2015-2017), and a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory at EPFL (2012-2015). He obtained his PhD degree in mathematics from Vienna University of Technology, and holds a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in computer software from Tsinghua University.