Umbrella Meshes: Elastic Mechanisms for Freeform Shape Deployment
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DescriptionUmbrella meshes are bending-active structures that can be optimized to deploy from a compact fabrication state into a freeform design surface. We propose a complete inverse-design pipeline incorporating physics-based simulation to accurately model the elastic deformation of the structure when solving for the geometric parameters of the constituent unit-cell mechanisms.