Friday, September 30, 2011

Reaction: Marching cubes: A high resolution 3D surface construction algorithm

I found it very interesting that 3D modeling was a possibility before I was born! The different examples of triangulated cubes provided in the article made it seem as if the complex calculations required for processing the marching cubes algorithm would produce a low-resolution model. Needless to say, the example renders near the end of the article blew me away.

Lorensen and Cline's decision to present their algorithm with respect to the medical field gave a unique perspective that made it easier to understand the utility of their research. The images of the algorithm in action are a good contrast to the immense benefits of 3D imagery versus 2D. The fact that these calculations were able to be computed on the hardware available when the research was performed makes it clear that 3D rendering will only get more refined and easier to produce as time goes on.