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Packing circles and spheres on surfaces

by Alexander Schiftner and Mathias Höbinger and Johannes Wallner and Helmut Pottmann
  • Published in 2009
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Inspired by freeform designs in architecture which involve circles and spheres, we introduce a new kind of triangle mesh whose faces’ incircles form a packing. As it turns out, such meshes have a rich geometry and allow us to cover surfaces with circle patterns, sphere packings, approximate circle packings, hexagonal meshes which carry a torsion-free support structure, hybrid tri-hex meshes, and others. We show how triangle meshes can be optimized so as to have the incircle packing property. We explain their relation to conformal geometry and implications on solvability of optimization. The examples we give confirm that this kind of meshes is a rich source of geometric structures relevant to architectural geometry.

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@misc{item8,
	title = {Packing circles and spheres on surfaces},
	author = {Alexander Schiftner and Mathias H{\"{o}}binger and Johannes Wallner and Helmut Pottmann},
	url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1618485 http://www.geometrie.tugraz.at/wallner/packing.pdf},
	urldate = {2011-09-04},
	abstract = {Inspired by freeform designs in architecture which involve circles and spheres, we introduce a new kind of triangle mesh whose faces’ incircles form a packing. As it turns out, such meshes have a rich geometry and allow us to cover surfaces with circle patterns, sphere packings, approximate circle packings, hexagonal meshes which
carry a torsion-free support structure, hybrid tri-hex meshes, and others. We show how triangle meshes can be optimized so as to have the incircle packing property. We explain their relation to conformal geometry and implications on solvability of optimization. The examples we give confirm that this kind of meshes is a rich
source of geometric structures relevant to architectural geometry.},
	comment = {},
	year = 2009
}