Dear Fellow Scholars, this is Two Minute Papers with Károly Zsolnai-Fehér In a recent video, we showcased a computer graphics technique that simulated the process of baking, and now, it’s time to discuss a paper that is about simulating how we can tear this loaf of bread apart
This paper aligns well with the favorite pastimes of a computer graphics researcher, which is, of course, destroying virtual objects in a spectacular fashion Like the previous work, this new paper also builds on top of the Material Point Method, a hybrid simulation technique that uses both particles and grids to create these beautiful animations, however, it traditionally does not support simulating cracking and tearing phenomena Now, have a look at this new work, and marvel at how beautifully this phenomenon is simulated With this, we can smash oreos, candy crabs, pumpkins, and much, much more This jelly fracture scene is my absolute favorite
Now, when an artist works with these simulations, the issue of artistic control often comes up After all, this method is meant to compute these phenomena by simulating physics, and we can’t just instruct physics to be more beautiful…or can we? Well, this technique offers us plenty of parameters to tune the simulation to our liking, two that we’ll note today are alpha, which means the hardening, and beta is the cohesion parameter So what does that mean exactly? Well, beta was cohesion, which is the force that holds matter together, so as we go to the right, the objects stay more intact, and as we go down, the objects shatter into more and more pieces The method offers us more parameters than these, but even with these two, we can really make the kind of simulation we are looking for Ah, what the heck, let’s do two more
We can even control the way the cracks form with the Mc parameter, which is the speed of crack propagation, and G is the energy release which, as we look to the right, increases the object’s resistance to damage So how long does this take? Well, the technique takes its sweet time, the execution timings range from 17 seconds to about 10 minutes per frame This is one of those methods that does something that wasn’t possible before, and it is about doing things correctly And after a paper appears on something that makes the impossible possible, followup research works get published later that further refine and optimize it So, as we say, two more papers down the line, this will run much faster
Now, a word about the first author of the paper, Joshuah Wolper Strictly speaking, it is his third paper, but only the second within computer graphics, and my goodness, did he come back with guns blazing This paper was accepted to the SIGGRAPH conference, which is one of the biggest honors a computer graphics researcher can get, perhaps equivalent to the olympic gold medal for an athlete It definitely is worthy of a gold medal Make sure to have a look at the paper in the video description, it is an absolutely beautifully crafted piece of work
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