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Researchers Create Algorithm for Shifting the Center of Gravity in 3D Printed Objects

Researchers Create Algorithm for Shifting the Center of Gravity in 3D Printed Objects

Written by David

November 27, 2018

Cross section of the model In an article entitled “ Tuning the Center of Gravity of 3D Printed Artifacts ,” a pair of researchers discusses how they came up with an Algorithms-Aided Design (AAD) approach to shifting the center of gravity of 3D printed objects to a desired location. “When the conventional design and fabrication pipeline of 3D printers and additive manufacturing machinery is employed, information about the interior of the artifacts is lost during the conversion of the design files to the STL file format,” the researchers point out. “This de facto file standard only stores the boundary information of the objects. Even though the designed artifact has heterogeneous interior in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, after the conversion it becomes a homogeneous solid.” The researchers’ method does not require an STL file, as they used a query-based approach in which the built-in algorithm communicates with CAD […]

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