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The Minimal Rendering Tool is a software architecture for a 3D rendering package that has been used as the platform for teaching and for lab assignments in several undergraduate and graduate courses at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and the University of Bonn, Germany. The renderer consists of an extensible set of geometric and imaging objects that perform a variety of operations and serve as building blocks for programmer customization, through techniques such as subclassing. Users can incorporate state-of-the-art functionality and advanced algorithms with a minimum of programming. MRT can also serve as a compact testbed for a variety of rendering algorithms.

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Dieter W. Fellner, "Minimal Rendering Tool: A Research and Teaching Platform for 3D Image Synthesis," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 16, no. 3, May 1996, doi:10.1109/MCG.1996.10010
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