@MISC{Kaufman863dscan-conversion, author = {Arie Kaufman and Eyal Shimony}, title = {3D scan-conversion algorithms for . . . }, year = {1986} }

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Abstract

An assortment of algorithms, termed three-dimensional (3D) scan-conversion algorithms, is presented. These algorithms scan-convert 3D geometric objects into their discrete voxel-map representation within a Cubic Frame Bugler (CFB). The geometric objects that are studied here include three-dimensional lines, polygons (optionally filled), polyhedra (optionally filled), cubic parametric curves, bicubic parametric surface patches, circles (optionally filled), and quadratic objects (optionally filled) like those used in constructive solid geometry: cylinders, cones, and spheres. All algorithms presented here do scan-conversion with computational complexity which is linear in the number of voxels written to the CFB. All algorithms are incremental and use only additions, subtractions, tests and simpler operations inside the inner algorithm loops. Since the algorithms are basically sequential, the temporal complexity is also linear. However, the polyhedron-fill and sphere-fill algorithms have less than linear temporal complexity, as they use a mechan-ism for writing a voxel run into the CFB. The temporal complexity would then be linear with the number of pixels in the objectâ€™s 2D projection. All algorithms have been implemented as part of the CUBE Architecture, which is a voxel-based system for 3D graphics. The CUBE architecture is also presented.