“CurveUps: shaping objects from flat plates with tension-actuated curvature” by Guseinov, Miguel and Bickel

  • ©Ruslan Guseinov, Eder Miguel, and Bernd Bickel




    CurveUps: shaping objects from flat plates with tension-actuated curvature

Session/Category Title: Fabricating Curves, Surfaces & Volumes



    We present a computational approach for designing CurveUps, curvy shells that form from an initially flat state. They consist of small rigid tiles that are tightly held together by two pre-stretched elastic sheets attached to them. Our method allows the realization of smooth, doubly curved surfaces that can be fabricated as a flat piece. Once released, the restoring forces of the pre-stretched sheets support the object to take shape in 3D. CurveUps are structurally stable in their target configuration. The design process starts with a target surface. Our method generates a tile layout in 2D and optimizes the distribution, shape, and attachment areas of the tiles to obtain a configuration that is fabricable and in which the curved up state closely matches the target. Our approach is based on an efficient approximate model and a local optimization strategy for an otherwise intractable nonlinear optimization problem. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach for a wide range of shapes, all realized as physical prototypes.


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