Designing Unreinforced Masonry Models

Panozzo D., Block P. and Sorkine-Hornung O.
ACM Transactions on Graphics - SIGGRAPH 2013
doi: 10.1145/2461912.2461958

We present a complete design pipeline that allows non-expert users to design and analyze masonry structures, without any structural knowledge. We optimize the force layouts both geometrically and topologically, finding a self-supported structure that is as close as possible to a given target surface. The generated structures are tessellated into hexagonal blocks, with a pattern that prevents sliding failure. The model can be used in physically plausible virtual environments or 3D printed and assembled without reinforcements.


    author  = "Panozzo, D. and Block, P. and Sorkine-Hornung, O.",
    title   = "Designing Unreinforced Masonry Models",
    journal = "ACM Transactions on Graphics - SIGGRAPH 2013",
    year    = "2013",
    volume  = "32",
    number  = "4",
    pages   = "91:1-91:12",
    month   = "July",
    doi     = "10.1145/2461912.2461958",
    note    = "",

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