The shoe model has been fabricated from a single piece of metallic material using our interactive rationalization method based on conformal geometry and global, non-linear optimization. Thanks to our global approach, the 2D layout of the material can be computed such that no discontinuities occur at the seam. The center zoom shows the region of the seam, where one row of triangles is doubled to allow for easy gluing along the boundaries. The base is 3D printed.
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