A Unified Subdivision Scheme for Polygonal Modeling

Jerome Maillot, Jos Stam

Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics Proceedings)


Subdivision rules have traditionally been designed to generate smooth surfaces from polygonal meshes. In this paper we propose to employ subdivision rules as a polygonal modeling tool, specifically to add additional level of detail to meshes. However, existing subdivision schemes have several undesirable properties making them ill suited for polygonal modeling. In this paper we propose a general set of subdivision rules which provides users with more control over the subdivision process. Most existing subdivision schemes are special cases. In particular, we provide subdivision rules which blend approximating spline based schemes with interpolatory ones. Also, we generalize subdivision to allow any number of refinements to be performed in a single step.

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