2013 13th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications (2008)

June 30, 2008 to July 3, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7695-3243-1

pp: 373-381

DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ICCSA.2008.12

ABSTRACT

In this paper, we investigate the problem of approximating a set S of 3D points with co-axisal objects typically from CAD/CAM (namely, cylindrical segments, cones and conical frustums). The objective is to minimize the sume of volumes of these objects (as well as the number of objects used). The general problem when the objects can have arbitrary axes is strongly NP-hard as a cylindrical segment, a cone and a conical frustum can all degenerate into a line segment. We present a general algorithm which combines a neat doubling search method to decompose S into desired subsets (or components). For each subset S, we present a unified practical approximation algorithm for minimizing the volume of the cone (conical frustum, or cylindrical segment) which encloses points in S. Preliminary empirical results indicate that the algorithm is in fact very accurate.

INDEX TERMS

Geometric modeling, Approximation algorithms, Smallest enclosing cone, Smallest enclosing conical frustum, Smallest enclosing cylindrical segment

CITATION

Chenglei Yang,
Changhe Tu,
Russell Tempero,
Sergey Bereg,
Xiangxu Meng,
Binhai Zhu,
"Automatically Approximating 3D Points with Co-Axisal Objects",

*2013 13th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications*, vol. 00, no. , pp. 373-381, 2008, doi:10.1109/ICCSA.2008.12SEARCH