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Cyclides in Surface and Solid Modeling
January/February 1993 (vol. 13 no. 1)
pp. 53-59

It is shown that Dupin cyclides (C.P. Dupin, 1822), as surfaces in computer-aided geometric design (CAGD), have attractive properties such as low algebraic degree, rational parametric forms, and an easily comprehensible geometric representation using simple and intuitive geometric parameters. Their alternative representations permit the transition between forms when one or the other is more convenient for a specific purpose. Cyclides provide is useful extension of geometric coverage in solid modeling, primarily as blending surfaces for many commonly occurring situations. The geometry, properties, and uses of the Dupin cyclide in free-form surface modeling and blending are discussed.

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Debasish Dutta, Ralph R. Martin, Michael J. Pratt, "Cyclides in Surface and Solid Modeling," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 53-59, Jan.-Feb. 1993, doi:10.1109/38.180118
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