J. Solomon, E. Vouga, M. Wardetzky, and E. Grinspun, Flexible Developable Surfaces, Proc. Symposium on Geometry Processing (2012).


We introduce a discrete paradigm for developable surface modeling. Unlike previous attempts at interactive developable surface modeling, our system is able to enforce exact developability at every step, ensuring that users do not inadvertently suggest configurations that leave the manifold of admissible folds of a flat two-dimensional sheet. With methods for navigation of this highly nonlinear constraint space in place, we show how to formulate a discrete mean curvature bending energy measuring how far a given discrete developable surface is from being flat. This energy enables relaxation of user-generated configurations and suggests a straightforward subdivision scheme that produces admissible smoothed versions of bent regions of our discrete developable surfaces.


 author = {Solomon, Justin and Vouga, Etienne and Wardetzky, Max and Grinspun, Eitan},
 title = {Flexible Developable Surfaces},
 booktitle = {Proc. SGP 2012},
 year = {2012},