“When All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail” by Lorensen

  • ©William (Bill) E. Lorensen



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    When All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

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    Isosurface construction is a core algorithm for any visualization system. Although Marching Cubes is associated with medical image surface construction, the technique has found widespread use in other scientific visualization applications. This course went beyond these accepted roles for the algorithm and presents applications in CAD, image fusion, graphics, and entertainment. It emphasized the divide-and-conquer approach championed by Marching Cubes and showed how to extend the original concepts to other cell types, higher dimensions, and geometric clipping. All examples were illustrated using the publicly available (via ftp)Visualization Toolkit. The software runs on Unix, Linux, and Windows 95/98/NT. The software can be used from C++, tcl, python or Java.


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    Mary Whitton


    Charles Babbage Institute Archives, University of Minnesota

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