Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 45–62 | Cite as

A 3D model retrieval approach using the interior and exterior 3D shape information

  • Jau-Ling Shih
  • Hong-Yu Chen


In this paper, we will propose a new exterior shape feature, ART-based elevation descriptor (ART-ED), and a new interior shape feature, shell grid descriptor (SGD), for 3D model retrieval. ART-ED describes the elevation information of a 3D model from six different angles. Since ART-ED represents only the exterior contour of a 3D model, SGD is proposed for extracting the interior shape information. Finally, these two proposed features as well as other features are combined in an attempt to improve retrieval. Experimental results show that the proposed methods are superior to other descriptors.


3D model retrieval ART-based elevation descriptor Shell grid descriptor 



This research was supported in part by the National Science Council, Taiwan under Contract NSC 96-2221-E-216-041-MY2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Information EngineeringChung Hua UniversityHsinchuRepublic of China

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