MESH Consultants recently attended the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture‘s annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio: Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene. I presented our paper “Exact face offsetting for polygonal meshes,” jointly authored with Daniel Hambleton.
The paper outlines a new algorithm for offsetting polygonal meshes. The algorithm produces an offset mesh whose faces are parallel to the faces of the original (a face-offset). It does not place any restrictions on the geometry of the original design. Instead it analytically computes the adjusted combinatorics of the output (and therefore is the exact face-offset). It can also produce a “perpendicular structure” connecting the original mesh with the offset mesh, which is composed entirely of planar elements.
Stay tuned for the release of a mesh-offsetting application in 2016!