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3D Euler spirals for 3D curve completion. (English) Zbl 1244.65022

Summary: Shape completion is an intriguing problem in geometry processing with applications in computer-aided design and graphics. This paper defines a new type of 3D curve, which can be utilized for curve completion. It can be considered as the extension to three dimensions of the 2D Euler spiral. We prove several properties of this curve – properties that have been shown to be important for the appeal of curves. We illustrate its utility in two applications. The first is “fixing” curves detected by algorithms for edge detection on surfaces. The second is shape illustration in archaeology, where the user would like to draw curves that are missing due to the incompleteness of the input model.

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65D17 Computer-aided design (modeling of curves and surfaces)
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