Optimal Packaging of Complex Parametric Solids According to Mass Property Criteria

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M. D. Landon

APTEK, Inc., 1257 Lake Plaza Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80906

R. J. Balling

Dept. of Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602

J. Mech. Des 116(2), 375-381 (Jun 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919389 History: Received February 01, 1990; Revised September 01, 1991; Online June 02, 2008


A solution to the 3-D optimal packaging problem is presented. The positions and orientations of arbitrarily shaped objects in arbitrarily shaped 3-D containers are found. Mass property and spatial criteria are addressed. The robustness and speed of the optimal packaging solution is increased by supplying explicit gradients for the optimization search routines.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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