Implicit Modelling - Beyond the Soft Train

Brian Wyvill (GraphicsJungle lab. University of Calgary)

Over the last decade Implicit Surface techniques have become popular as a modelling tool.
Several commercial packages include the "mata-ball editor" and some significant models
have been built using this technique. In this talk, the current problems are explored, and
a look at some possible solutions. Iso-surface models composed of blending, CSG and
warp operations are described along with methods for polygonization, texturing and
animation using the BlobTree software, developed at the GraphicsJungle lab.  One
interface to this software, is via the Python language. This interface will be described
and demonstrated.