Boundary evaluation for a cellular model

Rafael Bidarra, W.J. Neels, Willem F. Bronsvoort
CD-ROM Proceedings of the 2003 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - sep 2003
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Feature modeling systems usually employ a boundary representation (b-rep) to store the shape information on a product. It has, however, been shown that a b-rep has a number of shortcomings, and that a cellular model can be a valuable alternative. A cellular model stores additional shape information on a feature, including the faces that are not on the boundary of the product. Such information can be profitably used for several purposes. A major operation in each feature modeling system is boundary evaluation, which computes the geometric model of a product, i.e. either the b-rep or the cellular model, from the features that have been specified by the user. Because it has to be executed each time a feature has been added, removed or modified, its efficiency is very important. In this paper, boundary evaluation for a cellular model is described. Subsequently, its efficiency is compared to the efficiency of boundary evaluation for a b-rep, on the basis of performance measurements and considerations for both. It turns out that boundary evaluation for a cellular model is in fact more efficient than for a b-rep, which makes cellular models even more attractive as an alternative for b-reps.

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@InProceedings { BNB03a,
  author       = "Bidarra, Rafael and Neels, W.J. and Bronsvoort, Willem F.",
  title        = "Boundary evaluation for a cellular model",
  booktitle    = "CD-ROM Proceedings of the 2003 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference",
  month        = "sep",
  year         = "2003",
  publisher    = "ASME, NY",
  address      = "Chicago, IL",
  url          = ""

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