Fast global and partial reflective symmetry analyses using boundary surfaces of mechanical components

Ke Li 1 Gilles Foucault 1, * Jean-Claude Léon 2 Moreno Trlin 2, 1
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1 G-SCOP_SIREP - SIREP
G-SCOP - Laboratoire des sciences pour la conception, l'optimisation et la production
2 IMAGINE - Intuitive Modeling and Animation for Interactive Graphics & Narrative Environments
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LJK - Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, INPG - Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble
Abstract : Axisymmetry and planar reflective symmetry properties of mechanical components can be used throughout a product development process to restructure the modeling process of a component, simplify the computation of tool path trajectories, assembly trajectories, etc. To this end, the restructured geometric model of such components must be at least as accurate as the manufacturing processes used to produce them, likewise their symmetry properties must be extracted with the same level of accuracy to preserve the accuracy of their geometric model. The proposed symmetry analysis is performed on a B-Rep CAD model through a divide-and-conquer approach over the boundary of a component with faces as atomic entities. As a result, it is possible to identify rapidly all global symmetry planes and axisymmetry as well as local symmetries. Also, the corresponding algorithm is fast enough to be inserted in CAD/CAM operators as part of interactive modeling processes, it performs at the same level of tolerance than geometric modelers and it is independent of the face and edge parameterizations.
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Ke Li, Gilles Foucault, Jean-Claude Léon, Moreno Trlin. Fast global and partial reflective symmetry analyses using boundary surfaces of mechanical components. Computer-Aided Design, Elsevier, 2014, 53, pp.70-89. ⟨10.1016/j.cad.2014.03.005⟩. ⟨hal-00961709⟩

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