Lecture 8: Meshes and Geometry Processing (8)
gavinmak

Like with farther away textures being drawn with higher level mipmaps, would lower resolution models be drawn farther away/is there an analogous process for models?

zhezhaosp19

Is Mesh Downsampling useful when we are modifying a model for 3D printing?

ziyaointl

@zhezhaosp19 Speaking from my limited 3D printing experience, mesh downsampling is indeed useful for speeding up 3D prints. If a model has more straight edges, the printing speed is faster.

rlna

I think it's interesting that not only can downsampling be more efficient for 3D printing, but it can also lend a unique aesthetic quality to the final product. It feels like a lot of computer graphics aims to model the real world as closely and as efficiently as possible, but it can be powerful to think about how graphics that deviate from 'realistic' standards can provide different perspectives and styles. (Another ex: 8-bit art)

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