Approximation algorithms for developable surfaces

Helmut Pottmann, Johannes Wallner

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By its dual representation, a developable surface can be viewed as a curve of dual projective 3-space. After introducing an appropriate metric in the dual space and restricting ourselves to special parametrizations of the surfaces involved, we derive linear approximation algorithms for developable NURBS surfaces, including multiscale approximations. Special attention is paid to controlling the curve of regression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-556
Number of pages18
JournalComputer Aided Geometric Design
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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