swMATH ID: 39037
Software Authors: Meng-Ting Hsieh, Lorenzo Valdevit
Description: Minisurf - A minimal surface generator for finite element modeling and additive manufacturing. Triply periodic minimal surfaces (TPMSs) have long been studied by mathematicians but have recently garnered significant interest from the engineering community as ideal topologies for shell-based architected materials with both mechanical and functional applications. Here, we present a TPMS generator, MiniSurf. It combines surface visualization and CAD file generation (for both finite element modeling and additive manufacturing) within one single GUI. MiniSurf presently can generate 19 built-in and one user-defined triply periodic minimal surfaces based on their level-set surface approximations. Users can fully control the periodicity and precision of the generated surfaces. We show that MiniSurf can potentially be a very useful tool in designing and fabricating architected materials.
Homepage: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2665963820300178
Source Code:  https://github.com/SoftwareImpacts/SIMPAC-2020-28
Dependencies: Mathematica
Keywords: Journal Software Impacts; Triply periodic minimal surface; TPMS; Finite element modeling; FEM; Additive manufacturing; CAD files; 3D printing; Architected materials
Related Software: Mathematica; RegionTPMS; Matlab
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