Elastic Surface Embedding; Weaving Parer Strips

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You can make a holdable smooth surface model with this repository.

The main part of this project is how to determine a planer shape from a strip on the target curved surface. In mathematics, this mapping is called "embedding". We determined the embedding by minimizing its elastic strain energy. This is the meaning of "Elastic Surface Embedding".

Overview: How to make a surface model

step 1: Define a shape of a surface (and split it into strips)

The definition must consist of parametric mapping and its domain. For example, a paraboloid can be parametrized as below.

$$ \begin{aligned} \boldsymbol{p}_{[0]}(u^1,u^2) &= \begin{pmatrix} u^1 \ u^2 \ (u^1)^2+(u^2)^2 \end{pmatrix} & (u^1, u^2) \in [-1,1] \times [-1,1] \end{aligned} $$

The domain will be split into $D^{(i)}$.

$$ \begin{aligned} D^{(i)} = [-1,1] \times \left[\frac{i-1}{10}, \frac{i}{10}\right] \qquad (i = 1,...,10) \end{aligned} $$

step 2: Numerical analysis

This is the main part. Split the surface into strips, and compute the embeddings.

using ElasticSurfaceEmbedding
using IntervalSets
using StaticArrays
# Overload the shape definition
ElasticSurfaceEmbedding.surface(x,y) = SVector(x, y, x^2+y^2)
# (1) split the surface into strips
dom = [(-1..1, (i-1)/10..i/10) for i in 1:10]
# (2) Embed the strips onto a plane
res = auto_allsteps(dom)
export_pinned_steps("paraboloid", res)

For more information, read this document. The image below is a result for the domain $D^{(1)}$.

step 3: Edit on your favorite vector graphics editor

The output files are in SVG format. After editing the SVG files, you can print the graphics or cut papers with a laser cutting machine.

step 4: Craft a paper model

This is the final step. Cut papers into strips, and weave them into the surface.

Directions: If you like..

..making crafts :scissors:

Print Appendix B from my paper on arXiv, and make your own surface model.
Laser cutting machine is useful, but it's not necessary.

..computing :octocat:

Clone this repository, and run the Julia code or Wolfram code!
Any issues and pull requests are welcomed.

..mathematics or physics :globe_with_meridians:

Read our paper on arXiv. Here's our theoretical framework:
ăƒ»Mathematical model: Nonlinear elasticity on Riemannian manifold
ăƒ»Geometric representation: B-spline manifold
ăƒ»Numerical analysis: Galerkin method, Newton-Raphson method

..me! :bowtie:

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