Automated Generation of Multi-Material Structures Using the VoxelFuse Framework

Cole Brauer, Daniel M. Aukes

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Multi-material fabrication allows for the creation of individual parts which combine several distinct materials. It can make use of materials with very different properties, allowing for mechanisms to be integrated into monolithic components. However, multi-material structures can be difficult to design using traditional CAD programs due to high material counts or surface complexity. VoxelFuse was previously introduced as an extensible modeling framework to simplify the process of designing manufacturing-ready multi-material components. This paper presents our efforts to expand the VoxelFuse framework with approaches for generating structures including primitive solids, lattice structures, triply periodic surfaces, and dithered material distributions. We introduce two example applications that demonstrate the utility of this framework for generating an infill structure and a graded material transition. This framework provides a foundation for future work in material-aware design automation.

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


  • 3d printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • computer aided design
  • design automation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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