How things work visualizations use a variety of visual techniques to depict the operation of complex mechanical assemblies. We present an automated approach for generating such visualizations. Starting with a 3D CAD model of an assembly, we first infer the motions of individual parts and the interactions between parts based on their geometry and a few user specified constraints. We then ...
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This is very similar to the work my team at Right Hemisphere did (now part of SAP). Right Hemisphere was/is great at automatically making very high quality precise Training and Support Documents (for manufacturers). This requires not only tremendous rendering techniques to draw 3D models as technical line illustrations but also requires IQ to figure out what parts are what (screws, gears, significant parts, shells, connectors, etc) and what their purpose is.
This technology can then be used to automatically make support documents like the classical IKEA Product Instructional's and can even be used for more complex products like an automotive engines. It can also be used for automatic assembly and disassembly instructions.
Great research article, found in this month's Siggraph magazine. Thanks for JasonC @BinaryAgentX for the link