Methods to represent and exchange parts consisting of Functionally Graded Material (FGM) for Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) with Local Composition Control (LCC) are evaluated based on their memory requirements. Data structures for representing FGM objects as heterogeneous models are described and analyzed, including a voxel-based structure, finite-element mesh-based approach, and the extension of the Radial-Edge and Cell-Tuple-Graph data structures with Material Domains representing spatially varying composition properties. The storage cost for each data structure is derived in terms of the number of instances of each of its fundamental classes required to represent an FGM object. In order to determine the optimal data structure, the storage cost associated with each data structure is calculated for several hypothetical models. Limitations of these representation schemes are discussed and directions for future research also recommended.
Memory Analysis of Solid Model Representations for Heterogeneous Objects
Contributed by the Computer Aided Product Development (CAPD) Committee for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received Aug. 2001; Revised Mar. 2002. Associate Editor: D. Dutta.
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Jackson, T. R., Cho, W., Patrikalakis, N. M., and Sachs, E. M. (June 5, 2002). "Memory Analysis of Solid Model Representations for Heterogeneous Objects ." ASME. J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng. March 2002; 2(1): 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1476380
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