Surface Reconstruction from Points

William Chang
May 12, 2008

This report surveys recent techniques for reconstructing surfaces from points. We describe four main ideas in the graphics literature: signed distance estimation, Voronoi-based reconstruction, implicit surface fitting, and moving least squares surfaces. The main challenges include reconstruction without surface normals, robustness to noise, accuracy to sharp features, and provable reconstruction guarantees. We compare various techniques and discuss possible avenues for future work.

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