Solid modeling

  • Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann
  • Daniel Thalmann
Part of the Computer Science Workbench book series (WORKBENCH)


The generation of 3D solid objects and more generally solid geometric modeling is very important in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE). In CAD and CAE, solid modeling (an important branch of geometric modeling) is used to create and communicate shape information. Typically, two main types of representation scheme are mainly used—constructive solid geometry (CSG) and boundary models. In CSG, objects are described in terms of half-spaces or boundary primitive solids. Each object is represented by a binary tree of Boolean operations. With boundary models, solids are described in terms of their spatial boundaries; they are represented as unions of faces, bound by edges, which are bound by vertices.


Directed Acyclic Graph Solid Modeling Boundary Representation Cell Decomposition Image Synthesis 
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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann
    • 1
  • Daniel Thalmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Hautes Etudes CommercialesUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Département d’Informatique et de Recherche OpérationnelleUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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