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Fan Clouds - An Alternative To Meshes

  • Author(s): Linsen, Lars
  • Prautzsch, Hartmut
  • Editor(s): Alano, T.
  • Klette, R.
  • Ronse, Ch.
  • et al.

A fan cloud is a set of triangles that can be used to visualize and work with point clouds. It is fast to compute and can replace a triangular mesh representation: We discuss visualization,multiresolution reduction, refinement, and selective refinement. Algorithms for triangular meshes can also be applied to fan clouds. They become even simpler, because fans are not interrelated. This localness of fan clouds is one of their main advantages. No remeshing is necessary for local or adaptive refinement and reduction.

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