Computational Design of Transforming Pop-up Books

Nan Xiao Tsinghua University Zhe Zhu Tsinghua University Ralph Martin Cardiff University Kun Xu Tsinghua University Jia-Ming Lu Tsinghua University Shi-Min Hu Tsinghua University

Geometric Modeling and Processing mathscidoc:1808.16001

ACM Transactions on Graphics, 37, (1), 8, 2018.1
We present the first computational tool to help ordinary users create transforming pop-up books. In each transforming pop-up, when the user pulls a tab, an initial flat 2D pattern, i.e. a 2D shape with a superimposed picture, such as an airplane, turns into a new 2D pattern, such as a robot, standing up from the page. Given the two 2D patterns, our approach automatically computes a 3D pop-up mechanism that transforms one pattern into the other; it also outputs a design blueprint, allowing the user to easily make the final model. We also present a theoretical analysis of basic transformation mechanisms; combining these basic mechanisms allows more flexibility of final designs. Using our approach, inexperienced users can create models in a short time; previously, even experienced artists often took weeks to manually create them. We demonstrate our method on a variety of real world examples.
Pop-up, Computational Design, paper art, Geometric algorithms
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  title={Computational Design of Transforming Pop-up Books },
  author={Nan Xiao, Zhe Zhu, Ralph Martin, Kun Xu, Jia-Ming Lu, and Shi-Min Hu},
  booktitle={ACM Transactions on Graphics},
Nan Xiao, Zhe Zhu, Ralph Martin, Kun Xu, Jia-Ming Lu, and Shi-Min Hu. Computational Design of Transforming Pop-up Books . 2018. Vol. 37. In ACM Transactions on Graphics. pp.8.
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