Yunbo Zhang,Wei Gao, Luis Paredes, Karthik Ramani
CardBoardiZer: Creatively Customize, Articulate and Fold 3D Mesh Models
Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 897-907). ACM.










Computer-aided design of flat patterns allows designers to prototype foldable 3D objects made of heterogeneous sheets of material. We found origami designs are often characterized by pre-synthesized patterns and automated algorithms. Furthermore, augmenting articulated features to a desired model requires time-consuming synthesis of interconnected joints. This paper presents CardBoardiZer, a rapid cardboard based prototyping platform that allows everyday sculptural 3D models to be easily customized, articulated and folded. We develop a building platform to allow the designer to 1) import a desired 3D shape, 2) customize articulated partitions into planar or volumetric foldable patterns, and 3) define rotational movements between partitions. The system unfolds the model into 2D crease-cut-slot patterns ready for die-cutting and folding. In this paper, we developed interactive algorithms and validated the usability of CardBoardiZer using various 3D models. Furthermore, comparisons between CardBoardiZer and methods of Autodesk® 123D Make, demonstrated significantly shorter time-to-prototype and ease of fabrication.

Posted in 2016, Fabrication, Karthik Ramani, Recent Publications, TANGIBLE, EMBEDDED & EMBODIED INTERFACES, Wei Gao, Yunbo Zhang