Reduced-Order Simulation of Flexible Meta-Materials

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We propose a reduced-order simulation and optimization technique for a type of digital materials which we denote as geometric meta-materials. They are planar cellular structures, which can be fabricated in 2d and folded in 3d space and thus well shaped into sophisticated 3d surfaces. They obtain their elasticity attributes mainly from the geometry of their cellular elements and their connections. While the physical properties of the base material (i.e., the physical substance) of course influence the behavior as well, our goal is to factor them out. However, the simulation of such complex structures still comes with a high computational cost. We propose an approach to reduce thiscomputational cost by abstracting the meso-structures and encoding the properties of their elasticdeformation behavior into a different set of material parameters. We can thus obtain an approximation of the deformed pattern by simulating a simplified version of the pattern using the computed material parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - SCF 2020
Subtitle of host publicationACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450381703
StatePublished - Nov 5 2020
Event2020 ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication, SCF 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2020Nov 6 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - SCF 2020: ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication


Conference2020 ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication, SCF 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Applied Mathematics


  • computational design
  • elastic deformation
  • fabrication
  • meso-structures
  • meta-materials


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