3D Free-form Modeling with Variational Surfaces

Alvaro Cuno, Claudio Esperanša, Paulo Roma Cavalcanti, Ricardo Farias

We describe a free-form stroke-based modeling system where objects are primarily represented by means of variational surfaces. Although similar systems have been described in recent years, our approach achieves both a good performance and reduced surface leak problems by employing a coarse mesh as support for constraint points. The prototype implements an adequate set of modeling operations, "undo" and "redo" facilities and a clean interface capable of resolving ambiguities by means of suggestion thumbnails.