The wide diffusion of 3D printing technologies continuously calls for effective solutions for designing and fabricating objects of increasing complexity. The so called ""computational fabrication"" pipeline comprises all the steps necessary to turn a design idea into a physical object, and this book describes the most recent advancements in the two fundamental phases along this pipeline: design and process planning. We examine recent systems in the computer graphics community that allow us to take a design idea from conception to a digital model, and classify algorithms that are necessary to turn such a digital model into an appropriate sequence of machining instructions.
Marco Attene is a permanent researcher at CNR-IMATI in Genova, where he studies geometry processing for 3D printing applications. He has a Ph.D., a research management diploma, and a full professorship habilitation. Marco has been the principal investigator at CNR for regional, national, and international projects, has or had collaborations and joint research programs with both industry and academy in Europe, the U.S., Asia, and New Zealand, and serves as an evaluator for research funding agencies. Marco has published high-impact articles in prestigious journals in the area, and contributed to the organization of international conferences as program chair, program committee member, and organizing committee member. He is an associate editor of international journals in the area and is an active software developer (his ""MeshFix"" system received the SGP Software Award in 2014). Marco is currently leading the Process Planning work package in the EU H2020 project CAxMan on Additive Manufacturing.