A new technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) "reverse-engineers" complex three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) models to make it easier for users to customize them for manufacturing and 3D printing applications.
Using the "program synthesis" technique, MIT researchers were able to break down CAD models into primitive shapes, like spheres and cuboids.
This method essentially disassembles the CAD models into individual shapes that can be edited.
Tao Du, a Ph.D. student in the Computational Fabrication group of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, said the process could be useful in manufacturing or when combined with 3D printing software, especially in the age of design sharing, noting, "If users want to reproduce the design at home and customize it a little, then this technique could be useful."
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