Illustrating how mechanical assemblies work

Niloy J. Mitra, Yongliang Yang, Dongming Yan, Wilmot Li, Maneesh Agrawala

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How things work visualizations use a variety of visual techniques to depict the operation of complex mechanical assemblies. We present an automated approach for generating such visualizations. Starting with a 3D CAD model of an assembly, we first infer the motions of individual parts and the interactions between parts based on their geometry and a few user specified constraints. We then use this information to generate visualizations that incorporate motion arrows, frame sequences and animation to convey the causal chain of motions and mechanical interactions between parts. We present results for a wide variety of assemblies. © 2010 ACM.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 26 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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