The partial differential equation (PDE) method is used to generate surfaces which can be completely described using few parameters all of which have a global influence on the surface shape. We show how this method is suitable for the design of surfaces which optimize some property of the surface subject to certain given design restrictions. This is illustrated by considering two examples: the design of a yacht and the reduction of stress in a loaded blend.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.